The Pause

A story on National Public Radio this weekend told the story of how Jonathan Bartles, an emergency room nurse at the University of Virginia Medical Center has introduced a way for his colleagues to take a moment to collect their energies following the passing of one of their patients. Bartles described how his colleagues would usually find themselves stressed after the death of a patient but would just move on to the next emergency until one day a minister walked...

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The Dolphin Effect

When we lived in Texas, we would visit the Gulf coast and enjoy Padre Island. On our annual sojourn to watch the whooping cranes, leaping dolphins that would mesmerize me by their ease and grace always accompanied our tour boat. I found myself an appreciative witness to their beauty. Last week I took an Interplay class with one of my teachers, Cynthia Winton Henry. She talked about appreciative witnessing as a way of separating ourselves from the criticality we go...

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Go Ahead, Predict your Future

Researchers at the University of Bath in the UK are working on predicting weather patterns over the next 85 years through the end of the century. Their forecast work is designed to help identify temporary potential temperature variation swings from extreme heat waves to deep cold snaps. These kinds of events cause more weather deaths than tornadoes, hurricanes and all the other more dramatic weather events. Preparation as resilience. The term “Big Data” is used to describe what sophisticated companies...

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Maybe It's Not Resilience At All

Over the past several weeks, my friend Pat Meadowcroft has endured the visits by Presidents and other dignitaries to her hometown New Orleans, to commend that city on its resilience in the face of Hurricane Katrina ten years ago. For her it is not about her City’s resilience but its survival. Unlike others who flew over or saw the video on TV, Pat lived it and the images of body bags, endless football fields of trashed refrigerators and the stench...

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Some Days Suck

Lets admit it. Sometimes no matter how well we try to be focused on our resilience, the day or our life is just too overwhelming and we need to call in the cavalry. For many of us that may mean a trip to the chocolate store, an ice cream stand, or just making a gooey grilled cheese sandwich along with a bowl of tomato soup. Finding comfort and solace when things are not going well is a good strategy for...

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