A Message of Resilience
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to remain calm in the face of disaster while others appear to come undone? People that can keep their cool have what psychologists call resilience, or an ability to cope with problems and setbacks. Whether it is due to social issues, job loss, financial problems, illness, natural disasters, medical emergencies, divorce, or the death of a loved one lo aleinu, resilient people are able to utilize their skills and strengths to cope with and recover from these problems and challenges. We do know that these people experience distress, grief, or anxiety like other people do. Yet, they are able to handle such difficulties in ways that foster strength and growth.
Now more than ever, it is important to learn about the skills that resilient people possess, and how we, as individuals, families, and communities, will become stronger, more productive, and united, in the face of the current global climate.
I have put together a quick guide to resilience with tips and pointers to help in the development of these important skills.
Rabbi Yehuda B. Kamenetzky, M.Ed., NCC
School Counselor, YOSS