Resiliency: More like eggs than tennis balls

By Chap. (Capt.) ANTHONY L. FOXWORTH

Resiliency is a word that we hear constantly in the Army community. After hearing the word in different situations, briefings and used in many other ways, it begins to lose its meaning. Leaders do not mean to lessen effect of the word and meaning but it does happen. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines resilience as “the ability to become strong, healthy, or successful again after something bad happens.” A fact of life is that setbacks, failures and difficult situations will arise. Many of us seem to be in the cycle of taking two steps forward and four steps back. This cycle has emotional, mental, physical, social and spiritual implications for our lives. Reality is that we do not normally bounce back further or better than when we started, a fact, which many people tend to deny. The result is going backwards, not forward.
 
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