What’s Your Coefficient of Restitution?

One of my friends has been having an unusually long run of bad luck, but no matter what blows knock her down, she always bounces back to her usual, optimistic self.  I believe her strong faith plays a role in her rapid recovery. Thinking of how she “bounces back” brought to mind a term I learned in my high school Physics class. The phrase “coefficient of restitution” has stuck in my head all these years more for its lovely mouthful of syllables than for the physical property it expresses.

The coefficient of restitution  is a number which indicates how much kinetic energy (energy of motion) remains after a collision of two objects.

In simplest terms, if an object has a high coefficient of restitution (C of R) it will bounce back when thrown against a hard surface, retaining its original shape, while something with a very low C of R tends to go “splat!”

An object’s C of R is determined by the material from which it is made.  Steel has a high C of R and mashed potatoes don’t.  It is not a matter of positive thinking or a lack of concentration which makes the difference. So, why do some people, like my friend, seem to bounce back repeatedly from the hard impacts of  life, while others fall apart like a spoonful of soggy spuds at the first knock?

While all humans share the same basic physical make-up, we have more than physical properties. There are emotional and spiritual components, as well.

I believe it is the spiritual component which determines a person’s coefficient of restitution.

“And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, who have been called according to his purpose”

Faith in a God of love, as described in Romans 8:28 (above) gives one the resilience needed to bounce back from the assaults and insults of this world, again and again.

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About Jonna Hawker Turek

I write Christian fiction under my maiden name, J.B. Hawker.
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