What is resilience?

The Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary says:

Pronunciation: \ri-ˈzil-yən(t)s\
Function: noun
Date: 1824
1 : the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress
2 : an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
The one that I am referring to here, is the latter. viz. the ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

I have a doubt regarding this thought. How can we say that a person is resilient in terms of measurement? Because as the definition implies, resilience is solely dependent on 2 characteristics: the amount of misfortune/change and the recovery from/adjustment to it. So if I say person A is resilient, am quantify is resilience given my experience of bouncing back from a misfortune. So that would in turn mean that either I have had the fortune of being less unfortunate or A has a slightly better outlook than mine in terms of being his/her normal self. See where this is going??

The highly relative nature of the ‘resilience’ factor can easily change a person’s outlook towards life. Coz isn’t the other person’s ability to withstand all with a smile the biggest source of inspiration for people around him? Isn’t this the quality that every person out there looking for to inculcate in himself? The ability to take that one extra step towards the horizon irrespective of the huge roadblocks or minor winds or scorching weather. Does that also mean that we should look at hardships from a different point of view? Look at how stronger we would come out at the other end of this? Should that be the light at the end of the proverbial tunnel? The pot of gold at the end of rainbow? Coz, lets face it, we aren’t taking that huge promotion or the certificate of appreciation anywhere. Its this feeling of having inspired other people to endure difficulties and emerging as a better person that matter.

Hmmm… Worth giving a thought…..

Cheers \m/

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