In some ways, all of us are resilient people. Yet, there are some people who prove obvious and high resiliency. You know! Those people who when you hear their story you ask, “How did they do it?” Examples of famous and highly resilient people include Nelson Mandela, The 14th Dala Lama, and Malala Yousafzai. Of course, there […]
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Between June 20 and 30, 2013 over seventy-five thousand Calgarians were evacuated from their homes in over 20 neighbourhoods. Many in southern Alberta communities such as Siksika First Nation, High River, and Canmore were also affected. We still talk about the Alberta flooding. Words from leaders, rescue team members, those suffering stress, strain and loss, and […]
Children are affected by natural disasters, but their level of understanding varies with their age and language ability. As parents and caregivers, we want to support them and encourage them to express their feelings and thoughts about the event. Here is an ages and stages guide to help you channel their anxiety into positive actions. […]
My hubby, Les and I have lived in Calgary, Alberta for over 25 years and this is the first time we have seen this kind of flooding or crisis in our city. Over 75,000 of our 1.3 million residents have been evacuated from their homes. I feel moved to share with you and any of those […]
My hubby, Les has been a long-time fan of the reality TV show, Survivor. I sometimes watch. The 2013 series had special interest for me because of the resilience demonstrated by the unlikely and successful contestant, John Cochran. He is now simply known as the Survivor Cochran. When Cochran previously competed in the show, he was perceived as a nerdy, […]
The concept of resilience is complex, yet simple. It is as simple as the metaphor of a rubber band. Rubber bands, like people, come in different sizes and are subjected to different challenges. They also have different thickness and abilities to stretch–shorter or longer. Stretch, Challenge and Heat I have had times when I snapped […]
Lance Armstrong’s Deception Caught The headlines were filled with cycling champion, Lance Armstrong’s lying, deception, and cheating. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey (televised January 17, 2013) he said, “I went and looked up the definition of cheat . . . the definition is to gain an advantage on a rival or foe. I did not view it that way. […]
Crashes, crunches and collisions are the ingredients of the TV show, Canada’s Worst Driver. After viewing one episode I felt paranoid to turn on my little Echo’s ignition and I thought, “I wish those who failed road rehab would see the light, give up. Then we’d all feel safer.” Then I remember Zami. She wowed me with […]
T-shirt slogan: I LOVE Slave Lake, One Year Stronger
May 14 2012 was the anniversary of the Slave Lake, Alberta fire which destroyed approximately one-third of the buildings and left 732 people homeless.
How do we begin to listen with empathy, not with apathetic uncaring demeanor nor with smothering, “poor you, pity you” messages? First, we can begin with Stephen Covey’s most quoted phrase of “seek first to understand the other.” It is the seeking that is key to offering our attention and presence.
First, let’s eliminate the phrase work life because surely work is part of life and a significant part of it, for that matter.
•What is the worst work related experience you’ve endured?
•How did you cope?
•Looking back, what did you learn?