Resiliency Among the Israelis

You’ve probably noticed that we often blog about building resiliency and moving forward after experiencing difficult challenges. I’m just back from Israel, a country filled with some of the most resilient people in the world. Native Israelis are called Sabras – after the cactus – tough and prickly on the outside but soft and juicy on the inside. I’ve been wondering how the Israeli’s remain creative, optimistic, and involved in the midst of the stresses they face every day.

We found that the country is filled with people working energetically to invent new technologies, improve the lives of others, create beauty in their surroundings. They seem to focus their energies on innovation rather than stagnation and hope rather than despair. Some say the crane is the national bird of Israel – not one that flies but the large construction machines you see everywhere involved in the new buildings.

As we were leaving, I asked the taxicab driver how he was a able to remain cheerful every day and he remarked, “I look forward not backward. And I’m a dreamer. I try to achieve 60% of my dreams.”

How about you? What are your dreams? What are you doing to make them happen? If you’re a Sandwiched Boomer, caring for aging parents while you are still raising growing children, your stress levels may make it difficult to nourish yourself at the same time. Tune in on Wednesday and you’ll find some tips to help you too work toward accomplishing your goals and building your resiliency when you meet barriers along the way.

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