2020 in My Blog Titles:

  • March: Stay Safe and Innovate
  • July: Motivate and Mobilize
  • October: BOUNCE: BE RESILIENT

Thank God 2020 is almost over and looking back, most of us fared better than we’d feared. There has been great loss, much of it unseen, but will manifest itself. In and through it all, we stayed safe, innovated, motivated and mobilized, and now we BOUNCE.

We American’s have had it pretty good over the years, and we may just take it for granted. Thus, living through precarious times is unfamiliar to many of us. For me, the hard days of isolation and sadness over endless assaults on personal freedoms brought to mind my all-time favorite poem by Christina Rossetti:

Up-Hill

“Does the road wind up hill all the way? Yes to the very end. Will the day’s journey take the whole long day? From morn to night my friend.” SIGH.

~So, as I BOUNCE, I recognize, hard times come to all, and the road winds up hill all the way. Do we stop half way? NO! Do we sit and rest? No! Do we give up and turn back? Heck NO! We bounce!

Her poem goes on, and ends with hope and comfort for times of need. Rossetti suffered much of her life in not only poverty but loneliness and sickness. She endured rejection, disease, poverty and hard choices, only to bounce in resilience. She stayed with her writing. While caring for family, she reached beyond herself, positively impacting those suffering injustices of her day. She became a renowned poet in spite of the obstacles of society, health, and broken relationships. She bounced.  

Her resilience encourages me. I’m buoyed by her persistence, her grounded values, her looking outside of herself to the needs of others. This is how to bounce.

Does the road wind uphill all the way?

Yes, to the very end my friend.

BOUNCE MY FRIEND! BE RESILIENT!

Training Tips from the MAYO CLINIC
https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/resilience-training/in-depth/resilience/art-20046311

  • Get connected. Building strong, positive relationships with loved ones and friends can provide you with needed support and acceptance in good and bad times. Establish other important connections by volunteering or joining a faith or spiritual community.
  • Make every day meaningful. Do something that gives you a sense of accomplishment and purpose every day. Set goals to help you look toward the future with meaning.
  • Learn from experience. Think of how you’ve coped with hardships in the past. Consider the skills and strategies that helped you through difficult times. You might even write about past experiences in a journal to help you identify positive and negative behavior patterns — and guide your future behavior.
  • Remain hopeful. You can’t change the past, but you can always look toward the future. Accepting and even anticipating change makes it easier to adapt and view new challenges with less anxiety.
  • Take care of yourself. Tend to your own needs and feelings. Participate in activities and hobbies you enjoy. Include physical activity in your daily routine. Get plenty of sleep. Eat a healthy diet. Practice stress management and relaxation techniques, such as yoga, meditation, guided imagery, deep breathing or prayer.
  • Be proactive. Don’t ignore your problems. Instead, figure out what needs to be done, make a plan, and take action. Although it can take time to recover from a major setback, traumatic event or loss, know that your situation can improve if you work at it.