Resilience against Numbness and Fear of the Future

The American writer Henri David Thoreau, who lived in the age of the Industrial Revolution, wrote: “Most people live a life of quiet desperation.” The sentence is highly dramatic and unfortunately has lost none of its explosiveness even after two hundred years. Fear and despair are omnipresent in the world. Today we live in the age of the digital revolution – this holds prospects of freedom and prosperity and the potential of unimagined opportunities for everyone. But it seems to me that this revolution is far from exhausting its potential. What do you think?

Many people never leave their comfort zone. They experience change as torture and rather stick to old habits and homespun philosophies. It would not occur to them to leave their safe cocoon to look for a new spark beyond usual boundaries, off the beaten track of life. Be it out of laziness, a feeling of powerlessness or quiet desperation, they never ask themselves questions like “What else is inside me?”, “What have I always wanted to try and never did?”, “How can I give my life deeper meaning?”, “How can I bring someone else benefit or joy and thus increase my own satisfaction?”

When the present changes, we witness how our future unfolds. From time to time, we are almost overwhelmed by the speed. Sometimes, however, this happens as if in slow motion, then we experience every moment very consciously. We cannot fight against it, but in such moments, we can try to positively influence and help shape with ideas, words and deeds the future that is about to emerge and our role in it. To our last breath, we can all draw strength and motivation from doing good in our own universe! This is a powerful discovery that contributes to our resilience.

Being resilient is more important than ever, precisely because the unpredictability of the future can sometimes scare us. Resilience is more than a buzzword, it is the mental and psychological fitness that protects us from “falling into the abyss”.

Resilient people are those who trust that they can cope with change; who can handle heavy pressure over long periods of time; who know and use their resources in a way that mental recovery can take place after the stress; who never lose sight of the fact that positive things are always possible and will happen again.

You are not suddenly resilient from one day to the next. It is work in progress. You can gradually build and strengthen your resilience and ensure that it becomes part of you like healthy eating, exercise, discipline, balance, sleep or other important components of your life. Over the years, I have developed a set of measures to strengthen my own resilience. If you or your loved ones would like to benefit from it, then don’t be shy and get in touch. I look forward to our meeting.

Till then, may positive things always prevail in your life.

Best wishes, Tatjana Gaspar