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Embracing Resilience...Learning through Adversity

is maith an scéalaí an aimsir, time is a good storyteller...

There's a sentiment I often find myself saying, that is, I will retire only when I cease to learn!!! It's a reflection of my unwavering curiosity for knowledge. Knowledge gained in the most beautiful and every day unexpected moments, gifted by those who uplift us with manaakitanga, enlightenment and generosity of spirit, and also, at times, gifted to us in the form of obstacles, or moments created by those seeking to undermine or discourage.

Recently my curious mind asks, how do we continue to foster growth and learning when faced with adversity? Is it possible that during these times, the lessons we learn resonate more deeply within us, serving as poignant reminders of our resilience and capacity for growth? Is this the gift of learning through adversity?

In contemplating this, I find myself drawn to the concept of resilience. It's the inner strength that allows us to withstand adversity and emerge stronger. It's the ability to adapt, to learn, and to grow, even in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

So, how do we translate these lessons, these gifts, into our personal lives and our mahi? As someone fortunate to lead a service and a team who are dedicated to advocating, uplifting and supporting those in our community resilience is ever more important to reflect upon.

In our mahi, resilience serves as a constant reminder of our commitment to learn, to grow to understand, and most importantly be guided by the voices of whānau. To provide the space for continued leanings, not only my own, but that of my team,and our tangata whaiora/ clients. To allow not only our own innate insights but the wisdom of others, who stand beside us with wairua, those motivated by genuine intentions, driven by a shared purpose, with empathy, and who are devoid of ego.

In the end, it's not just about learning for the sake of learning. It's about using that knowledge to become better, to do better, and to create a brighter future for ourselves and those around us. Moreover, as we continually seek to learn through our own resilience, it equips us with the ability to respect the individual journeys of others, empowering them and instilling hope that they too can embark on a path of personal growth and learning

Mā te kimi ka kite, Mā te kite ka mōhio, Mā te mōhio ka mārama
Seek and discover. Discover and know. Know and become enlightened

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