Hope and Optimism

Well, my morning started with an email from Perry.  It said this:

OPEN ONLY IN THE MORNING: Present Number 1: Happy birthday my friend. Virtual morning chocolate.  It’s great for celebrations and this particular type of chocolate has no calories or weightwatcher points at all!!! Lots and lots of love, Perry xxx p.s. The rest of your present will arrive over the course of the day..

Organic Chilli and Lime Bar

This could be fun!

As I’ve hinted in the past, as I phase out this blog, I’ve started a new one that will run alongside my MSc dissertation.  It’s called Gold or Dust and it’s now up and running, though it won’t heat up properly for a few weeks yet.

This morning I was editing one of the essays I wrote last year to post on that blog – in an entry called Personal Resilience for Organisational Resilience.  I was struck by the following paragraph, which I wrote in that essay last year.

“Closely linked to optimism, the ability to find the positive in situations is widely recognized as a key resilience trait (Jackson, Firtko, & Edenborough, 2007). It is generally demonstrated in two ways.  Firstly by literally being able to identify positive gains/learning during or following an event and secondly by display of coping strategies designed to elicit positive emotion from self and others (Tugade & Fredrickson, 2004). One coping strategy commonly employed to this end is the use of humour (Frederickson, 2004) that, particularly in cases where those involved have previous experience in related situations, can often be very black. Coutu (2003) describes this as placing a ‘plastic shield’ around the harsh reality of the situation. Frankl (2004) explains his concurring experience of being in Nazi prison camps far more poetically: “Humour was another of the soul’s weapons in the fight for self-preservation.”

Obviously it was written in a different and academic context, but I but it strikes me that either I was like that before and wrote what I knew, or possibly I learned something?


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