Language of Resilience 2

In this follow up post to the Language of Resilience I, I continue to share words and phrases, the language of resilience, to help reinforce the concepts and ideas of resilience. These words and phrases of resilience are words that I have noted in conferences or through […]

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Language of Resilience 1

In this post, I would like to introduce the beautiful language of resilience.  As I have studied resilience and attended various conferences, I have highlighted words and phrases, the language of resilience, that resonate with me. These simple words and phrases are a fun and […]

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What is Grit?

What is Grit? Grit, as opposed to resilience, tends to be more of an individual trait, the result of a powerful mindset. Though I use the words ‘grit’ and ‘resilience’ interchangeably, as synonyms, they are not the same.  My experience is most people know what […]

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Resilience

What is Resilience? The short definition of resilience is: Adversity + Doing well = Resilience. A person or system is doing well, they face a traumatic event, and then in the future they are doing well again.  This ability to recoil and bounce back after […]

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Resistance

What is Resistance? The word “resistance” is a noun and means to refuse to accept or comply with something.  It also means not to be affected by something, especially adversely. Roni Berger, resilience researcher, states that there are three dimensions of resilience: resistance, recovery, and […]

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Self-Reliance

What is self-reliance? I want to present a contrarian-perspective of self-reliance that is likely not what the reader is looking for. Matthew B. Crawford is perhaps one of my favorite authors and modern day philosophers.  It’s a bit unfortunate that his work is not readily […]

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Shop Class as Soul Craft

Matthew Crawford writes a great treatise on the value of manual labor and the trades in his book Shop Class as Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. I just finished my second reading of this book, having read it a few years ago.  […]

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Pokemon Go

There’s a lot going on in the world.  Shootings in Dallas.  Coup in Turkey.  Trucks into people in Nice.  More shootings in Baton Rouge. Damn. Last week I traveled to Montana with one of my sons on a little business and a little pleasure.  My […]

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All Lives Matter

I did not spend my career in law enforcement, but I did spend it in public safety via the fire department.  During my career, I had the opportunity to work closely with law enforcement over the years. I found myself in tears yesterday on a […]

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Horizontal democracy and organizing

Recently, I have slowly been reading and working my way through a book titled, “They Can’t Represent Us!: Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy.” I am enjoying this book and the content.  In my estimation, it pairs very well with The Resilience Imperative: Cooperative Transitions […]

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I have become a socialist

This is free writing this morning, so grab your coffee, sit back, hold on, and enjoy the ride. I am fairly certain that at mid-life, I have become a socialist.  I am being serious, and I don’t find this distressing at all; in fact I […]

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