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ZenView – Resilience

By Mary Layton

Are we resilient?
A person who is resilient has the ability to learn from difficult or unpleasant experiences and is capable to move on with confidence. Successful coping is key. Life does not always happen the way we hoped it would. When adversity hits, or when things develop contrary to our expectations we may react by feeling depressed, angry or anxious, or we withdraw and numb ourselves somehow. In the long run a better option is to make the best of the challenges in front of us, to be mentally resilient. Facing a difficulty a friend of mine said to me: “It is what it is. I’m going to find something of value for me. If I keep a positive outlook and put my best foot forward I can turn this challenge around.“

It is only when we feel like a victim and blame others for a bad situation that we end up feeling hopeless. But when we are motivated by a sense of self-directedness and hope, life begins to change for the better. We may seek support from family and friends. A social network can offer help as well. We may re-evaluate priorities, set new goals and develop new skills. Instead of complaining and lamenting we can get involved in making positive changes, which benefit not only ourselves but our communities as well.

I wish everyone a Happy and Resilient New Year!
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About the Author:

Mary Layton has practiced T'ai Chi for 35 years and co-founded T'ai Chi Ch'uan Academy of Modesto in1995. She and her partner have taught hundreds of students. Mary travels frequently to learn from her teacher Grand Master Kai Ying Tung. Interested in every aspect of health Mary likes to follow a natural path. She loves writing, painting, gardening, hiking and playing piano.