Resilience is about more than strengthening our infrastructure, stabilizing our environment and emergency preparedness. It’s about building individual and community resilience.
We are creatures of habit. The more we practice a skill the better we become at using it. Attitudes are a settled way of thinking that reflects in our behavior. Individual and community resilience comes with a change in attitude from helplessness and pessimism to self-confidence and optimism and a good set of strategies in our toolboxes. Practice applying new Skills & Attitudes to everyday challenges successfully is how we get to self-confidence and optimism.
Connecting and communicating is how neighborhoods and communities become stronger and more resilient during a crisis. One need only look at communities pulling together to accomplish what no individual alone could have. The key is to connect and communicate before disaster strikes. Do you know your neighbors? How about your first responders?
In an effort to build resilient communities, we are facilitating the Southern Maine Resilience Task Force. We wish to bring together a number of volunteers/professionals from diverse populations/vocations for the purpose of connecting, communicating and collaborating on a plan to build more resilient communities.
It is our hope to gather representatives from:
Law enforcement/first responders
Public defenders/legal aid
Corrections/probation & parole
Health/mental health providers
The Immigrant community
The Disability community
The Recovery community
The Homeless community/shelter providers
This is by no means a comprehensive list and we hope that we can gather folks representative of the community we live in.. The goal is simple. To build a stronger more resilient community by building an interdisciplinary support system that works collaboratively to address the challenges faced by each.
We encourage you to establish your own means of building more resilient communities. If you would like to know more about how this develops, join our mailing list and we’ll be happy to keep you informed.
Work is a huge part of our lives. It accounts for approximately 1/3 of our lifetime. Because we invest so much or our time and energy at work, challenges that arise not only demand much attention but can elicit strong feelings. It is good to feel some passion for the work that we do. But we must manage our responses to these challenges in order to move past them. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 04/05/18 – Work/Finance”
A.N.A.D. indicates, “At least 30 million people of all ages and genders suffer from an eating disorder in the U.S.” The C.D.C tells us that, “More than one-third (36.5%) of U.S. adults have obesity.” Not surprisingly, few statistics are to be found on the adverse effects of food additives and preservatives. And don’t get us started on the pesticide issue.
Challenges from enlistment through discharge and beyond. In service to our country, veterans face life-altering challenges that are often difficult for civilians to understand. Connecting…communicating becomes difficult. Resilience on the battlefield and resilience at home may require the same Skills & Attitudes applied very differently given the milieu. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 03/29/18 – Veterans”
In 2016 The National Cancer Institute predicted, “An estimated 1,685,210 new cases of cancer will be diagnosed in the United States and 595,690 people will die from the disease. The most common cancers in 2016 are projected to be breast cancer, lung and bronchus cancer, prostate cancer, colon and rectum cancer, bladder cancer, melanoma of the skin, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, thyroid cancer, kidney and renal pelvis cancer, leukemia, endometrial cancer, and pancreatic cancer.” That’s a lot of cancers. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 03/27/18 – The Big “C””
13.5% was the poverty rate in the U.S. in 2015 when the idea for this deck was conceived. Those who live in poverty face daily challenges that those of us with more resources don’t. These are the challenges of those who have little. Indeed, it is a very different world if you’re poor in America. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 03/22/18 – The 13.5%”
For those of us who participate in organized religion, our beliefs are holistic. They are the foundation upon which we build our values and manage our lives. Our faith guides us in our response to everyday challenges. Now and then, our faith can be shaken by tragedy or loss, we lose our sense of direction and must find a way through. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 03/20/18 – Spirituality”
Beyond our circle of family and friends, we are all part of a larger community. Our neighborhoods may house people we may be unfamiliar with and/or with whom we have dissimilar beliefs. Decision-making in the best interest of the community is always challenging. But coexist we must. Challenges likely to impact the community are best dealt with by connecting, communicating and problem-solving. Continue reading “Let’s Play BounceBack: 03/15/18 – Resilient Communities”