Your personal resilience is truly a great gift you can impart to yourself, and even a greater blessing to bestow upon others.
Walking through life believing that you’re going to overcome all difficulty through perseverance or prayer is a cruel and unusual punishment.
Life never intended to please you. This is reasonable. Life actually offers a blank canvas which occasionally arrives already marred.
There are five tribulations which are common in the human experience. Failure to realize this causes us to develop a childish mentality. It begins this way:
I plan something.
Reaction 1: Inconvenience. In other words, something came up.
I’m sure you know people who become exasperated over inconvenience, when it is actually the least pernicious of the five tribulations. If I am going to be a reasonable human being, possessing resilience, I must be prepared to evolve.
Because often, after inconvenience comes obstacle. Something is in the way.
I’ve never had a plan that didn’t require some adjustment. It is inevitable.
And obstacles often lead to resistance. Someone is disagreeing.
Truthfully, I can’t think of any statement you could make without having someone disagree with it. This is why each and every one of us must make sure that we actually believe in what we’re doing and we’re ready to reason with our adversaries instead of attacking them.
And I’m sure you are fully aware that resistance can lead to criticism. That’s when those who disagree with you decide to take a stand against you.
Butting one’s head against the wall is what produces headaches. When I run across people who are against what I’m doing and reasoning has failed to reach them, I know it is time to relocate.
A plan that fails to work in Location 1 might work better in Location 2, where you don’t have to struggle with your enemies.
And finally, you can run across downright refusal. Progress is blocked.
This is when you must count the cost and have a Plan B ready, which honors Plan A, but separates itself enough from the original idea that those who have blocked your “A game” plan are ill-prepared to prohibit the new idea.
For instance, I’m not so sure that Jesus was supposed to die on a cross, but when human beings became hypocritical and religious, God had a Plan B to grant us salvation.
Resilience is knowing that inconvenience, obstacles, resistance, criticism and even refusal loom on the horizon.
Those who are reasonable in the Spirit have prepared for such eventualities by evolving, adjusting, reasoning, relocating or if necessary, even implementing Plan B.