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Resilience Alphabet – Q is for Questions and Quote

On this weekend, when many will celebrate Easter, I wonder what questions are bubbling around for you. As we continue to think about personal resilience, I would encourage you to adopt the sentiment of this Quote. We have so many questions bombarding us at this time, fuelled perhaps by the media, or by our own concerns about our health and the safety of those we love, the security of our work, cancelled holidays, questions of faith, questions about the well-being of our children, and so the list goes on.

Quotes that work for me become something I return to, and ponder, and reflect on, and think about from different perspectives. During a particularly difficult period of time for me, I used the following quote as a touchstone: “All will be well, and all manner of things will be well.” (Julian of Norwich). It is a statement of belief, beyond the circumstances of life. I frequently remind myself of these words in times of uncertainty or challenge around the big topics of life.

Right now there are many things that remain unsolved in our hearts. The invitation in the quote above to “Live in the Question” rather than to seek to resolve all the uncertainties of this time is wise advice.

If I have a tip for today in terms of your personal resilience, go and find a quote from your faith or life’s philosophy that resonates for you right now and put it up in your kitchen or somewhere you will see as you pass through the day. And at least for the holiday weekend, go and simply live in the midst of all the questions you may have right now, there will be time for answers on another day. This too will pass… and as always Stay Safe.

Resilience Alphabet – P is for Pause and Praise

All over the country last night, as has become a national habit, people were clapping for those who are seeking to look after us in many ways during this time. As in all times of crisis, there are many hidden heroes and in your own way you may be one of them, quietly getting on with something important, and something that needs to be done.

Today in terms of personal resilience I want to encourage you to Pause for a different reason: to take the time to consider how you have fared over the last three weeks; to recognise those things you have done that have strengthened your resilience and to recommit to making some of them a daily habit. In times of high stress, we need to practise habits of high self-care, as there are so many possibilities for having our energy and resources zapped! So pause and form a new commitment to what you know enables you to take a break from all that is happening.

And turning to the second word, I wonder how readily you give praise, and how readily you receive praise. Today’s mission is to find or better still create opportunities to say thank you to the many people who are making your life brighter during these times when we are all adjusting to new ways of living our life. Maybe you can even set yourself a target of 5 or 10 people you want to acknowledge and thank for how they are making a difference to you during this time.

So as you Pause and set good habits for your self-care, and seek opportunities to praise and thank people for a jobs large and small, be kind to your too and as always Stay Safe.