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Resilience is still my word in 2022

With a group last week, a client bravely un-muted herself and said, "I'm tired of hearing about resilience." We all laughed in recognition. But I'm still putting resilience in the spotlight now, more than ever. Pauline Boss, in her book "The Myth of Closure: Ambiguous Loss in a Time of Pandemic and Change," says,

When ambiguous losses can't be prevented, it is resilience, not closure, that provides us with new hope and the strength to live in a new way. In this time of great loss from the pandemic, there will be no closure. The stories of loss will be passed down across generations. Hopefully, they will be both stories of loss and resilience."

So if there's no closure, what is there for us? I'm finding, for myself and my clients, it's the courage to keep making progress in our daily lives--attending to our own well-being, having practices that help us pay attention to the suffering of others, and maybe even making some big decisions about what we want our organizations and lives to look like in the future. I've been so blessed to support clients in this time, and here's some of what they are saying:
  • "I don't have many others to talk to at this level. This really helps." (non-profit ED)
  • "You're the best facilitator I've ever worked with. You gave just the right amount of guidance to my team in our yearly goal-setting." (VP of Manufacturing)
  • "You were an incredible sounding board and guide for me during a difficult transition." (vocational coaching client)
  • "The values you helped us articulate have become the way we make all our decisions." (local business owner)
  • "I was so nervous before the first session. By the second session, I wasn't nervous at all. I trusted you to guide us through a process that would be safe and maintain healthy boundaries, and that's exactly what happened." (group mediation participant)
As always, inspired by these amazing folks, putting one foot in front of the other in their journey to create more joyful, fair, and liberated spaces.

Events and announcements

I'm hiring!! Looking for a virtual assistant, 5-6 hours a week, who loves collaboration as much as I do and think this work sounds fun. You can read the job description and apply here.

Free Book Club March 23, 7-8:30pm PST. I continue to be intensely curious about my identity as a white person and how I can contribute to racial equity and healing in the world. I gobbled up Courtney E. Martin's Learning in Public and am looking forward to welcoming others who want to read and talk about it. Limit 12 participants. You can sign up here.

What I'm reading and writing

My own strategies for resilience have relied heavily on reading and writing. What a joy it is to spend a Saturday afternoon lost in a story, or to turn my incessant observations about life into a little poem or essay-ette.
  • Here are my favorite reads of 2021
  • I've got two little poetry series going on Instagram right now, one called "Long Covid" and the other "Work Jingles."
  • The three kinds of care all of us need
  • Loudly saying "Yes!!' to everything in Johann Hari's new book Stolen Focus. Watch for a late spring book club announcement if you want to talk about it with me.

Yay for collaborators

So many wonderful folks have collaborated with me this year. Thank you to Natasha Burrowes who leads Diveristy, Equity, and Inclusion work with me and inspires me constantly. Thanks to Emily Linderman, who managed my new website build and hiring process and helps me remember who I am. Thanks to Naomi Cox for amazing artwork, and to Pat Vivian for all our work together supporting traumatized organizations. And to Laura Todd, who is my home base. We are not meant to do this life alone.

I'd love to hear from you

Whether it's to say hello or ask for help (even if you're not sure how to articulate what you're asking for). May you be safe, may you be happy, may you be healthy, you live with ease.

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