I take a moment to reflect about current times and what comes to my mind (aside from desperate levels of Covid-19 deaths globally) is the trending words. Words like pandemic, lockdown, quarantine and phrases like flattening the curve have gained popularity in the recent discourse. One word that isn’t as popular as the above mentioned is the word resilience.
Think about a time in your own life when you’ve been able to manage difficult situations and other times when you’ve struggled. The fast-rising levels of Covid-19 infections and death tolls is one of those very difficult situations we are currently handling. Covid-19 is not only taking away lives but also jobs, businesses, relationships and security. Additionally, social distancing is tormenting us mentally.
Covid-19 is not only taking away lives but also jobs, businesses, relationships and security. Additionally, social distancing is tormenting us mentally.
So why then should the word resilience be more popular than words like pandemic, lockdown, quarantine and phrases like flattening the curve? Because, we need to find a way of bouncing back in the heat of all this chaos. Resilience does not wait to happen after the disruption rather it is a process and it takes adaptability, reorganization and growth. Resilience is about thriving rather than surviving.
Dr Laurie Leitch (Threshold Global Works) who is a capacity builder for resilience with communities responding to disaster, refers to resilience as the timely capacity of members of the community to be more generative during times of stability and to adapt, re-organize and grow in response to disruption.
What does ‘being more generative’ during stability mean to you?
Resilience is a process we work towards, not a defined permanent.