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Resilience Is NOT What You Think It Is

 

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‘Stormquakes’: Hurricanes and earthquakes can create hybrid natural disaster, study finds. A NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Irene, a category 2 storm with winds up to 100 mph and located about 400 miles southeast of Nassau on Aug. 24, 2011.Weather Underground via AP Full story: https://www.nbcnews.com/mach/science/stormquakes-hurricanes-earthquakes-can-create-hybrid-natural-disaster-study-finds-ncna1067756

Typhoon Hagibis swept away Fukushima nuclear decontamination waste bags into river

The historic rainfall from Typhoon Hagibis that spawned widespread devastating flooding over the weekend in Japan caused several bags that had decontaminated waste from the Fukushima nuclear disaster to be swept into a river, according to officials.

Hagibis hit Japan on Saturday with historic rainfall that caused rivers to overflow and left thousands of homes flooded, damaged or without power. More than 200 rivers overflowed, and more than 50 of those now have damaged embankments.

The Tamura City government told the Asahi Shimbun newspaper the bags filled with grass, leaves, and wood debris collected during decontamination efforts were being stored temporarily at the site. Workers discovered around 9:20 p.m. on Saturday that a number of bags had been swept into the Furumichi River after the facility was flooded by the typhoon’s heavy rains…

 

Resilience Is NOT What You Think It Is

When I ask anyone to define resilience, I always hear “bounce back”. They’d be right… but not completely. In the 1620s, the word resilience came from the Latin word “resiliens” to mean “The act of rebounding”. I think of rebounding as what my mother would say when a couple got divorced and one of the formerly married partners quickly became attached to another person. “Hmph,” Mom would snort, “Looks like they’re on the rebound.”

Look at Merriam Webster and you will find this:

1. the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress.

2. an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change.

While there are individual words that seem to resonate with the human experience in these complex and disruptive times, there are two critical differences. First: you can’t go back. You will never resume the same size, shape, relationship, job title, of what “was”. We are forever changed by an experience, an event, a personal interaction. You are different. You can’t step into the same river twice. The flow of water and life has moved on. In subtle and perhaps recognizable ways, you are changed….

 

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