Instinct is a wonderful thing. Calves are born with the instinct to stand next to their mother with their head held down but tilted upwards. They will then grab hold of their mother’s teat and suckle.

Except that instinct isn’t too precise and you’ll often see a calf work it’s way round mum at least twice before it finally gets a hold. Indeed they’ll suck on anything whether it be mum or a gate. They’ll also suck the wrong bits of mum until finally they hit the jackpot.

To be fair they’re quite resilient for their age, some of them, at twenty-four hours old can show both a turn of speed and an acceleration that humans cannot manage until well into their teens.
Mum, if she knows what to do, will often move forwards so the calf suddenly finds its nose next to the teat. Some will use their foreheads to push the calf into the right place.

We do our bit; as soon as possible you’ll milk the cow and get milk into the calf so you know it’s got adequate colostrum, which will give it immunity until its own immune system has chance to get up and running.

But yes, resilience is great in calves and people, but is it good in charities and government departments? I was talking to somebody with vastly more experience than me and they commented, by all means strive to achieve resilience but don’t ever let anybody know you’ve got it. If you’re known to be resilient all it means is that government will cut your funding to give to somebody else who is screaming that they’re about to collapse in a public and embarrassing fashion.

Rural communities suffer a lot from this. They’re known to be resilient, whereas London always screams out. So we find that London gets twenty-four times as much spent on infrastructure per resident as north-east England.


But it’s much the same across the board. Wise charities and government departments get their shroud waving in early and do it often. Ensure that there’s plenty of good memes and horror stories circulating on social media showing why it’s absolutely essential for your charity/service to be given the bulk of the next tranch of government spending.

Hence small, lean charities, light on their feet, which don’t pay chief executives six figure sums or have large publicity budgets, and who have made the mistake of admitting to being resilient, miss out. The squealing wheel gets the grease.



But anyway, short of Christmas Present ideas? Buy them a book

Swords for a Dead Lady


If Amazon say it’s out of print, ignore them, I’ve just had the audacity to have it printed by somebody other than them. Order it and it will come.

And a review!
“Webster is the best new fantasy writer in 20 years. His series has realistic characters, interesting and rapidly evolving plots and wit. He also displays an exceptional knowledge of ancient warfare, farming, sleazy lawyers, dodgy accountants, field and kitchen cookery and and even of high fashion houses! His female characters are the sort of girls both you and your wife would enjoy meeting.. I have all his books and will buy all his future books as soon as I hear they are out.”

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9 thoughts on “Resilience?

  1. Stevie Turner November 29, 2018 at 3:11 pm Reply

    So the answer is to be resilient but pretend you’re not!

    • jwebster2 November 29, 2018 at 3:31 pm Reply

      That’s it, practice limping 🙂

  2. Alicia Butcher Ehrhardt November 29, 2018 at 5:44 pm Reply

    Problem is, if you’re just pathetic it doesn’t necessarily get you anything. ME/CFS research is in that category. There are more activists now, and they are squealing, but the medical establishment has gotten used to them being pathetic, and just ignores harder.

    Trying to change a perception that’s been formed is even more difficult than starting from scratch.

    I think they’re eventually going to find that it’s something quite complicated that they couldn’t have fixed before anyway, but they sure could have been nicer to patients all along, supported symptom relief, and admitted they didn’t know. Instead, they called us hysterical and goldbrickers. Not nice, NICE.

    And I have nothing in me left with which to squeal, until and unless Pride’s Children, which has an ME/CFS main character, takes off – which may require me to finish the trilogy – and creates some empathy.

    Tired of being pathetic.

  3. jenanita01 November 29, 2018 at 8:01 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.

  4. patriciaruthsusan December 10, 2018 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Musings on Life & Experience and commented:
    Another interesting bit about the milk cow and rural funding needs. Also, a book Jim has had reprinted and is again on offer. A great review of his writing is included.

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