What is Resilience?
What Does “Resilience” Mean?
The word resilient is derived from the Latin wore resilire, meaning to jump back, recoil. So, we might recoil after sticking our foot in frigid water and, importantly, recover composure. According to the Merriam-Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, resilient means:
a. capable of withstanding shock without permanent deformation or rupture; and
b. tending to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.
Thinking of the Monroe Community, resilience is a measure of the community’s tendency and capacity to recover or “bounce back” from or adjust to adversity or change. Of course, we should ask “resilient to what?” What are the changes that might challenge the Monroe Community and how can we be better prepared to respond to these changes and make the most of them? How will the Monroe Community become even more successful in this rapidly changing world?