Living with Resilience: Our Resistance to COVID

Diane hiking during COVID

When the pandemic became apparent to most of us in early March, we had no idea of the long-term implications it would have on virtually every aspect of our lives physically, emotionally, socially, and financially. Four months later, there is no waiting for our new normal, because it is here. I have observed and experienced resistance to COVID and think it’s due to a variety of reasons. As humans we:

  • Don’t always know what we don’t know
  • Believe what and who we want to believe
  • Don’t like to be inconvenienced or told what to do
  • Have magical thinking it won’t happen to us
  • Deny the psychological and physiological effects of trauma
  • Stay focused on the future, “when this is all over…

How does your resistance (struggle, avoidance, denial, or even arrogance) show up?

Our resistance can play out in many ways, from selective hearing, isolation, disregard for recommendations, and great frustration with those who do and do not follow the recommendations. Resistance is our biggest obstacle to resilience and recognizing it is our biggest opportunity.

When we acknowledge our resistance to something, we can release it and do something about it. Whether it’s wearing a mask on a hike, accepting the protection protocols at work, or embracing new virtual experiences, like setting up an iPhone or giving a keynote speech online, acknowledging our resistance helps us grow and learn instead of staying victim to it.

COVID related or not, we all have resistance and we all have the opportunity to choose to release it and embrace what is necessary to move forward.  And by the way, it feels surprisingly good to set up an iPhone yourself with online instruction, even if you didn’t want to because choosing to live with resilience in the middle of a pandemic is empowering.


  1. Kim on July 15, 2020 at 1:09 pm

    I like the simplicity of recognizing resistance in myself and others amid the complexity of all that is happening and changing everyday. Thank you for that perspective!

    • Diane Sieg on July 15, 2020 at 9:43 pm

      You are welcome, Kim. I agree we need more simplicity in these challenging times. Thank you for saying so.

  2. Laurie von Bulow on July 15, 2020 at 3:42 pm

    You are spot on girl… the resistance comments….everyone can relate!! Especially love the photo!! I’m so glad dogs dont have to wear them!!Ha.

    Hike next Friday 7/23?

    • Diane Sieg on July 15, 2020 at 9:41 pm

      Thank you Laurie. I may be giving a webinar that morning, but will let you know.

  3. Maury on July 15, 2020 at 5:40 pm

    Important message. GREAT photo! Thanks for sharing both.

    • Diane Sieg on July 15, 2020 at 9:40 pm

      Thank you Maury. Resistance is rampant right now!

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