17160 Stephen Kalyta Has One Word for Cadets: Resilience
In my shared responsibility as VP of the Toronto Branch of the RMC Clubs of Canada, and a Dad of a first year cadet, I had the privilege of attending this year’s First Year Orientation Period (FYOP) graduation. A common theme emerged from a myriad of conversations I had with staff, former and current cadets.
The theme I am referring to is resilience. Generally we assume resilience is a personal attribute defined by one’s attitude toward adversity. During the parade, I believe Rear Admiral Cassivi, my former CFL, rightly stated that it takes a village to get you through the challenges both within and beyond the college. So perhaps resilience is developed from both internal skill and external influence?
Consider the immortal words of Dr. Wayne Dyer who said, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change.” Clearly the first years would adamantly agree RMC during FYOP is already a vastly different experience as a cadet. The experience of cadet vs. recruit is different despite the infrastructure being the same. The achievement of transitioning from recruit to cadet should be a clear indicator of your resilience.
As a cadet, you now realize FYOP was a journey and not the destination. Resilience comes through an awareness that most challenges are temporary. You are most certainly not unique in experiencing it and you possess within you, the means to overcome it. When you find yourself overwhelmed, there is a village around you to remind you to change the way you look at things- same infrastructure, different attitude. As Zig Ziglar said, “Your attitude determines your altitude.”
Stephen Kalyta, 17160