Resilience can be fostered by…

“Be a good steward of your gifts. Protect your time. Feed your inner life. Avoid too much noise. Read good books, have good sentences in your ears. Be by yourself as often as you can. Walk. Take the phone off the hook. Work regular hours.” —Jane Kenyon

Resilience can be fostered by:

Reflecting on our life experiences, extracting important lessons from those experiences, and acting in ways that are consistent with those lessons

Using our strengths to achieve important goals

• Doing the “difficult thing to maintain momentum in important areas of our lives

Recognizing that courage does not mean the absence of fear but rather acting in the presence of it

Being part of an ongoing community that offers clarity of purpose, interpersonal support, and exemplars of the people we hope to become

Reading biographies and autobiographies to deepen our understanding of how others have been tested and strengthened through adversity

Being a “good steward of your gifts” in the ways Jane Kenyon recommends.

What would you add to my list?

4 Responses to “Resilience can be fostered by…”


  1. 1 rickrepicky April 5, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Great list, Dennis – The quandary often becomes balancing two activities: care of self (your list) vs. caring for others. I’m retired, pushing upper 60s, and have time to reflect on the words of Jackie Robinson & chiseled into his tomb stone: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.” I think a resilient person will balance both activities by using the wisdom gained from your list to serve the purpose stated by Robinson.

  2. 3 Kelly April 8, 2017 at 10:42 am

    Always error on the side of what is the right thing to do.


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