Resilience happens every day—little moments that remind us that we have all overcome some form of disappointment or adversity in order to get to where we are today, and that the ability to bounce back after failure or loss may be our biggest strength.
At Center for Resilience, we talk about the power of resilience. We seek to model what it means to develop and build it, and to articulate why we do this work of helping students, teachers, parents, community members and employees cultivate resiliency in their classrooms, workplaces and relationships. Over the past six years, we have heard stories from our instructors about the powerful scenes they witness in classrooms and companies across Rhode Island as the children and adults they work with learn how to become more mindful and compassionate, decrease stress they may be experiencing and rebound from challenges.
A school social worker told us recently that after learning mindfulness techniques from Center for Resilience instructors, she noticed a decrease in stress and disruptive behaviors from students who had been struggling to make friends, regulate their behavior and concentrate in class. Principals have told us that the day after one of our mindfulness classes, the number of students referred to their office for infractions and detention drops by half. Parents have remarked on the transformation of their children who used to kick over chairs and lash out in frustration. These children have learned how to calm themselves down, handle transitions and unexpected events better and form more positive relationships in school and at home.
As all these people shared inspiring stories about what resilience looks like, it dawned on us that these stories can serve an important purpose and they deserve a wider audience.
We believe that stories matter. Each person has their own story—times that they have fallen down and gotten back up, times when someone has been there to support them and help them, and times they have helped others. Resilience is built in these moments. It is the connections we have with others, the sharing of our experiences and our stories, and our ability to recognize ourselves in the stories of others, that echoes beyond all of us, into a greater narrative of community resilience.
While there is power in the word “resilience” and the mindfulness skills we teach to build it, the real power is in the way that people use these skills in their own lives. The most meaningful part of this work is the stories of our instructors and their students, of those who take the collective journey, facing challenges every day and working through them. We want to share these stories. Not just the stories of instructors and students, but of everyone who has experienced or witnessed moments of resilience. We want to build a movement around sharing what resilience means to YOU.
Resilience is collective; we build one another up. Together, we go farther. This communal resilience already exists, it now time to share it and build our own narrative of community resilience. No matter who you are or where you are, you can share a story right now.
We will be sharing and elevating stories leading up to our big event on October 27th at the Providence Biltmore. We hope you will join us online, and at our fall celebration. #WeAreResilient