Ideas on what resilience may mean…

  • What is true for me
  • Being able to continue when you don’t feel you can
  • Mana tangata – strength of the people
  • Hei Whakapiki Mauri – the importance of having an inner strength

“Kotahi te kohao o te ngira e kuhuna ai te miro ma, te miro pango, te miro whero. I muri, kia mau ki te aroha, ki te ture, ki te whakapono”. This whakatauki originated with Potatau Te Wherowhero, the first Māori King. He spoke about how individual threads are weak, but the process of weaving three threads together makes for not only a strong fabric, but they become beautiful and tell a story.

Some people have found ways to become more resilient by identifying:

  • Challenges
  • Successes
  • And tricks learned along the way

There are times too when you have needed to be more resilient than at any other time. Sharing your tips with others is a great way to share your knowledge and skills.

Warning! Detour from the route expected in life

This detour can result in:

  • Stress
  • A need to learn more … a lot more
  • Worry about the impact on existing relationships
  • Becoming a teacher to others

And will definitely result in:

  • Learning about your inner strength
  • Being resilient
  • Being flexible and able to adapt to what the day brings.

Take a look at the resource on this website called MANAGING STRESS

And here are some useful links:

Attitude Live – My Perfect Family: Sam and Jason

Rise and Shine – Rise and Shine aims to address the stigma that sometimes leads to the physical and emotional abuse of disabled Pacific people, and features Auckland high-schoolers Tone6.

Dream Big – an article telling Muskan’s story, which is actually one of resilience and courage and dreaming big.

Siva – a Pacific fusion electronica song that expresses disability, opportunities and lack thereof.

NB: This material has been taken from a workshop presentation – if you want a tailored workshop on this or any other topic (ie. stress, effective communication, resilience, working with professionals, dealing with conflict, etc) contact us on 0800 726 769 and we can organise this for you.

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