The Resilience Breakthrough Part 4

baby seal

Resilience is innate.  However, it must be discovered, explored, and/or developed. Absent challenges, adversity, etc., resilience cannot be realized, demonstrated, nor illustrated.  Derek Irvin


One evening, I had been reading the book, The Resilience Breakthrough.  Thus my shared thoughts above surrounding – resilience.  Then later that night, prior to bed, I was watching Animal Planet. This segment was about seals.  There was a baby seal that was newly born.  Not long after its birth, the mother quickly jumped into and swam far out into the sea for food according to the narrator.  The baby seal was “fearful” of swimming. He was fearful of getting in the water.  At first it just dipped its head in and looked around under water.  It was the cutest sight.  

Eventually it FELL in.  At that point, it was life or death, the baby seal had to swim – although clumsily.  It splashed and made lots of noises.  There was a male bull seal that seemed to be perturbed by this little baby seal.  The large bull bit the little baby.  Several times, the pull picked up the baby by the neck and or the fin and slung the little baby around the sea like a rag doll.  At one point I thought the bull seal was trying to drown the lil’ guy.  You could  hear the baby seal swallowing large gulps of the sea.  Eventually, the baby seal got away. Weary and worn, the baby seal made its way to the shore near some rocks. The rocks were slippery, so much so that  the baby seal had a difficult time climbing atop the rocks.  Pull, slip, pull slip and it fell right back into the sea.  It was a pitiful sight.  It became exhausted.  I thought it would surely drown. However, finally, it made it atop the rocks.  There the baby rested.

This sight to me was a demonstration of resilience. We all have it within ourselves to overcome any challenge.  The wherewithal to stay afloat and not drown lies somewhere deep within us.  It is when we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, pain, disappointment, or tragedy that resilience is demonstrated. Here’s a video that attempts to demonstrate my point; it’s not what I saw last night, but you should get the point.  CLICK: Baby Seal Swimming.  Period, Case-Closed!


Author: Derek Irvin

Derek Irvin is an educator, entrepreneur, speaker, author. He is also a doctoral candidate for the Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership and is planning to defend his dissertation in the Fall of 2017. His dissertation is exploring the effectiveness of correctional education. He is currently employed as a program manager in a Correctional Education program. Period, Case-Closed! is your source for Information, Inspiration, and Conversation around social justice.

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