In the morning after 9/11, Denver-based therapist Craig Knippenberg stood in front of 450 students and many of their parents at a K-8 school assembly. He held a china teacup in one hand and a rubber ball in the other.
First, he asked what would happen if he dropped the teacup. They said it would break. Then, he held up the ball and asked the same question.
“‘It would bounce back,’ they replied. This, I explained, is being resilient and that we as a nation and as a school community, with the help of each other, would bounce back,” he recalled in an interview with HuffPost.
Today in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Knippenberg believes that the value of resilience cannot be overstated.