Resilient

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I have been in therapy for decades, I have seen many therapist, I just realized that one of the “compliments” or “comments” that I have continuously gotten from them is that I am resilient. It takes me time to really hear or digest when another person gives me a compliment or positive feedback. Of course, if it was negative it would be much easier to take ownership for, since receiving this kind of comments my whole life.

I never really understood or considered what they were saying or trying to convey to me. I was too stuck in thinking I wasn’t good enough, that a compliment or positive word, could not penetrate my damaged psyche.

What does being “Resilient” really mean?? I didn’t bother to google it, or give it a second thought until after seeing the millionth therapist/person to repeat the same thing, she as so many before her, that one thing that was evident about me, was that I am resilient! Here it was that word again. This time I heard it, this time I wanted to know what it meant. I finally decided to as my reliable friend “Google” for the answer.

Here it is:

Definition of resilient

: characterized or marked by resilience: such as
a: capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture
b: tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change
Similar:
strong
tough
hardy
quick to recover
quick to bounce back
buoyant
difficult to keep down
irrepressible
adaptable

flexible

Opposite:
vulnerable

sensitive

I guess they were right. I have had to bend, flex, stretch and change in order not to break.
From now on when I hear this directed to me, I will take it as one of the highest compliments I could get.

Thankful, Grateful & Blessed! 

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