As always, don’t treat these questions like “homework.” You do not need to engage every single one. Instead, simply find the one that “hooks” you and let it lead you where you need to go. And then come to your theme group prepared to share that journey.
Are you ready to take the next step? One definition of resilience is the ability of something to return to its original shape after it has been pulled, stretched, pressed, bent, etc. Where are you in the journey of resilience? Starting to feel pulled? Already significantly bent? Stretched and worried about snapping? Slowly returning to form? Gratefully back? What one thing do you need from those around you (friends, family, church) to move you on to the next step?
What does having a “resilient spirituality” mean to you? Does it mean having personal practices that restore your spirit? Does it mean finding a way to trust and love life again? How do you connect to the larger whole? How does Unitarian Universalism help you be resilient?
Is holding on getting in the way of your resilience? Many of us remember Kenny Rogers’ famous line: “You got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away, and when to run…” Resilience is about the ability to return to form. It can be hard to do that when you’re not willing to let go of what’s got you stuck.
How resilient are you when it comes to anger? Anger and resent regularly bend us out of shape. Righteous anger tempts us to stay twisted. Is the call of resiliency inviting you this month to return to a less resentful form?
How resilient are you when it comes to forgiveness? When others wound or offend you, how easily do you bounce back to connection? How easily do you let them off the hook? Is the call of resiliency inviting you this month to figure out why you so desperately hold on to your grudges?