Resilience – 4th Nov

This weeks assembly is connected to the QE Value of resilience.

The Oxford English dictionary defines RESILIENCE as the ability to bounce back from challenges.

This also relies upon a willingness to take challenges on and a willingness to take risks.

As we learnt, in an assembly a few weeks ago, from the story of the company HONDA, taking RISKS is a necessary part of learning.

Here is a poem about taking RISKS and the pitfalls of avoiding them…

“To laugh is to risk appearing a fool.
To weep is to risk appearing sentimental.
To reach out to another is to risk involvement,
To expose feelings is to risk exposing your true self.
To place your ideas and dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss.
To love is to risk not being loved in return,
To live is to risk dying,
To hope is to risk despair,
To try is to risk failure.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrow,
But he cannot learn, feel, change, grow or live.
Chained by his servitude he is a slave who has forfeited all freedom.
Only a person who risks is free.
The pessimist complains about the wind;
The optimist expects it to change;
And the realist adjusts the sails.”

Poem by William Arthur Ward


This week ….. think about….. how you react to challenges coming your way and what happens when you take them on, or not?

Compare what happens when you avoid them with what happens when you take the risk to face them head on?