I hope this post finds you all well and snuggled into your homes as directed. Covid19 has hit the world like nothing I’ve seen in my lifetime and has stirred many thoughts and feelings for each of us. It has raised fear and anxiety to new heights.
We will begin sharing some of our thoughts and feelings here as a means of connecting and communicating on what feels like the new normal. Some have been previously posted to our Facebook page, some posted to In the Face of Adversity at Psychology Today online., and some will come from our colleagues and guest bloggers. We welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org. -Charlene Fernald Moynihan
Covid19 has captured our attentions most of our waking hours and even intruded into some that should be reserved for sleep. Many continue to feel lost and helpless as no real solutions are immediately in sight. But in recent days I have seen so many wonderful people joining together in virtual groups to support one another and/or address the issues that we can address. There are community groups forming to meet the needs of neighbors and those who are at high risk and must isolate. I joined a group of crafters to make facemasks for medical providers who are currently seeing patients without them due to the shortage. These small yet powerful acts allow each of us to practice and apply the skills & attitudes of resilience now and going forward.
It’s really simple. Connect & communicate. There are a multitude of online groups focusing on a variety of issues. Be flexible in your thinking…open to possibilities. Problem-solve alone and in these virtual groups. Do what you can. Manage strong feelings that come with feeling helpless by finding a way have some control over what you can. No act is too small nor insignificant. Believe in your ability to do so. Trust yourself. Look to the meaning and purpose in your life and you’ll discover what motivates you. Look for virtual groups where those of similar values are acting on them. Join in. Take a look at the big picture with optimistic eyes and you will see what you can do. Care for yourself and others while doing so. You needn’t sacrifice your health nor that of your loved ones in order to make a difference. Above all else…find time to laugh. It may just be the best possible medicine we have available right now.
Standing on a Landmine, Caught in Indecision and Apathy. Why Sustainable Community Collaboration Building is Critical
by Richard C. Lumb and Gary J. Metz
“Sustainable community collaboration building (SCCB) is an applied program to assist public and private organizations, responders to the same client, to determine sustainable solutions that result in the elimination of future service requests. For far too many people demand these services, the problem, not resolved, reoccurs continuing the demand for service that is inadequate.
By Richard C. Lumb, Ph.D. and Ronald L. Breazeale, Ph.D.
Building Resilience: A Peer Coaching Manual, Assisting Others to Aquire and Sustain Positive Change is now available for purchase at $34.95.
“This manual is premised on the assumption that there is no single most effective model of helping people when conditions, situations, or events occur to upset the balance in life. We know the impact of stress, adversity, and trauma is often left to work itself out. But at what cost? Usually, an event occurs that disrupts normal life and forces the individual to refocus differently in resolving the problem. Finding a path around the obstacles encountered is often too daunting to consider. We need not got it alone when faced with a negative experience, especially when associates are trained to assist us. We can move forward to a return to balance more quickly when we are supported.”
To help you understand the principles and objectives of our training and how it helps to build stronger, more resilient communities and organizations, we have composed an article below. Follow the link below to read the PDF version.
At Building Resilience we have been discussing the difficulty some have with the application of resilience Skills & Attitudes and how they apply when it comes to building community resilience. Most of us can define resilience as the ability to “bounce back from hard times”. We have at least a basic understanding, through personal experience, of how the Skills & Attitudes can be used to deal with challenges on an individual level. But it is important to recognize the application to communities as well.