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Sat, Feb. 22

Readers offer suggestions regarding resiliency

Last week's Counselor's Column focused on resiliency, the hallmarks of which are:

Recovery - Rebounding from stress and returning to a balanced state of health and well-being.

Sustained purpose - Continuing to achieve goals thanks to having vision, causes and passions.

Growth - Emerging better from stressful experiences.

And we asked for readers' thoughts on what makes them resilient. We wanted to learn what you thought about the concept of resilience. Why are you resilient and others are not?

Below are excerpts from two responses by local readers who offer their personal insights regarding resiliency. They approached the question from very different perspectives - one from personal resilience and one from community resilience. Here is some of what they had to say:

• "I know that I am very resilient. I have come from my personal rock bottom over the last nine-plus years, and your article made me think of the reasons why. I was a drug addict.... I think the most important thing I have learned, bar none, is that things always get better. Maybe not right away and usually not in the way I thought they would, but they always get better. When times are tough, and they certainly have been for me this year, remembering that my current state of misery is temporary is my greatest asset. I am lucky in that I have a good job that is pretty secure. However, I haven't had a raise in two years. This is a challenge, as the cost of everything continues to rise and my pay doesn't. But it has forced me to take a long hard look at what I spend my money on and to decide on what is important to me."

• "We have met some people who are building climate change resilience into their lifestyles. Their goal is to work with their neighbors to create models for creating resilient communities that can withstand future challenges. This movement has many benefits. People working together are stronger than going it alone. It builds hope, it gives people some things to do, it creates more sustainable systems based on what is available locally, it builds community so that if the worst happens, more of us will be able to care for one another, especially the less fortunate. Recommended reading is 'What Should I Do? The Basics of Resilience,' by Chris Martenson."

Do you have something to share with the Counselor's Column? E-mail your tips, stories, questions and suggestions today to, and we may weave these helpful items into future Counselor's Columns. Of course, everything is confidential, and no names will be printed.

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