What’s the difference between an egg and a tennis ball?
An egg cracks under pressure and once cracked, cannot be put back together.
A tennis ball bounces back and sometimes goes from one place to another.
Those are some of the differences identified by spouses on day one of a Spouse Resiliency Academy, held this week at the Soldier Support Center.
The class was offered through Army Community Service, which advocates real-life solutions for successful Army living.
Attendees are taught that resilience is defined as the ability to grow and thrive in the face of challenges and is built through a set of core competencies that enable mental toughness, strong leadership and achievement of goals.
Those core competencies include self-awareness, optimism, mental agility, connection, self-regulation and strength of character.
Janelle Nesbit signed up for the academy to renew her resiliency skills, and to distinguish between it and Army Family Team Building, she said.
“I did Army Family Team Building in 1995 and I was curious to see what the differences were between the two,” said Nesbit, the wife of Maj. Robert Nesbit, who is assigned to the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, Brigade Special Troops Battalion.
But, Nesbit said she was also curious about the similarities.
“Both help wives understand the military and support their Soldiers. It gives new tools for the toolbox. It’s always good to sharpen your saw,” she said.
Toni Chitwood attended the academy to aid fellow spouses.
“I like to be a big part of the Family readiness group. I want to be able to relay information for spouses . . . I try to take as many classes as I can to help out Army spouses,” said Chitwood who has been married five years to Staff Sgt. Michael Chitwood of 3rd Squadron, 4th Air Defense Artillery Regiment.
Upcoming dates for the Spouse Resiliency Academy are:
• May 13, 15 and 16
• July 15, 17 and 18
• Sept. 16, 18 and 19
• Nov. 18, 20 and 21
The classes require registration 14 days prior to class.
Different ACS personnel are qualified to teach the classes, said Fay Gioia, an ACS mobilization and deployment specialist. But, the classes are effective because resiliency is a personal journey.
“Everybody can be resilient. Nobody has to have that special gene or special DNA. It’s a process,” Gioia said.