Resilience and older age
From a very recent electronic article in The New Yorker about resilience http://www.newyorker.com/science/maria-konnikova/the-secret-formula-for-resilience, there is this caution, "Frame adversity as a challenge, and you become more flexible and able to deal with it, move on, learn from it, and grow. Focus on it, frame it as a threat, and a potentially traumatic event becomes an enduring problem; you become more inflexible, and more likely to be negatively affected."
As I firmly enter my seventies, my younger superwoman vision of myself changes. I believe in my own mortality, where earlier it was just an idea. I have brushed up against serious illness. I have known adversity. And my initial response was to become more fearful rather than more flexible and curious, even though I have these skills from my coaching and theorizing life in Appreciative Inquiry.
I want to renew my own curiosity and to relearn resilience as an older person. I want to face what is now and what is next with equanimity and anticipation. I have found initial resources I will share with you and I invite you to join me on the path to Appreciative Aging.