This week I had a crash course in planned obsolescence when our refrigerator stopped working. I consider our refrigerator to be brand new. After all, it is only 13 years old. To my astonishment, I learned that the average life expectancy of a refrigerator now days is 10 years. Our refrigerator was not repairable and we hadn’t done anything wrong; it simply was not meant to last. As I dug through the garage for coolers and the chest freezer for ice packs, I wondered how can we understand resiliency when everything around us is designed to fail and the solution is to buy something new. It was a good reminder that examples of resilience have always been found in the stories we tell, not in material things.

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