Yesterday I posted some information about resiliency.
Here is different definition from Merriam-Webster:
: the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happensWhen I told my therapist my life story (poor girl!), she remarked how resilient I was.
That got me to thinking.
I really am! I never thought of myself in that way, but I have bounced back from a lot of difficult situations.
However, I have to keep working on my thoughts. I make mountains out of molehills, for sure!
From the list of ten I posted yesterday, I picked two I want to continue to grow in.
Keep things in perspective. Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context and keep a long-term perspective. Avoid blowing the event out of proportion.
(From: The Road to Resilience by the American Psychological Association)
When I get a cold, or have an operation, or am recovering from an operation, or trying to figure out retirement, I tend to think, "This will NEVER end! I will never be able to go to yoga. I will never be able to figure this out."
Now my Loved One, keeps telling me I see temporary things as "forever" or "always".
This is where I need to talk back to some thoughts and say, "Really?"
My colds do get better. I recover from operations.
Here is a biggie:
I find out something new about life when stop fighting and listen.
I discover another part of myself when I switch my thoughts from Poor Me, I Can't to,
What Can I Do?
Now, I don't always listen to my Loved One, which irritates him at times, but in this case, I think I will.
To all my friends in recovery, you might be surprised to see how resilient you really are!