That Moment When Understanding Occurs but Remains Unconfirmed

Why Understanding of Police, Public Safety, and Emergency Response is Mixed

First responder sits on porch steps, head down, deep in thought.

As all past and current law enforcement and emergency personnel can attest, we have been the last face many a dying person saw before embarking on the journey that follows human life. Death by natural cause, fulfilled by someone else, or an accident, it mattered not, for in the final moments, the police officer had profound awareness that change took place and an unexplained transition occurred. We can believe in a supreme being, who many call God; or with those who maintain this is our relationship to life experience, a stage of process, a moment in infinity. The belief, or not, is a personal matter; for what follows will bring understanding as we individually reach that stage.

I have reflected for years on the elderly woman severely injured in a traffic accident, west of Gorham, Maine, who suffered a traumatic head and facial injury. I knelt on the road with her, having placed a large dressing to the side of her face, holding onto her shaking body, and talking softly to her? Her final breath followed by a stillness; a Trooper and now deceased body, awaiting the arrival of additional emergency services. I felt a presence, was it real or imagination? Was I seeking explanation, a belief, to make sense of what I just experienced? To this moment I believe it was real, an edge of understanding as she was welcomed home from the lessons of this life. It was also personal to me, for there is no certainty or proof; just her eyes that seemed to understand, asking me to do the same, in the silence of it all. Continue reading “That Moment When Understanding Occurs but Remains Unconfirmed”

Let’s Play BounceBack 06/20/2019

A huge tree is lying on the roof of a small home.

Click the image to review the Skills & Attitudes to apply.

We have just five days left.

Read the challenge above. How do you move past this with resilience? Play the video to review the ten Skills & Attitudes of resilience. Which of these would you apply to manage the challenge? These are the sort of challenges faced by first responders.

We are continuing our referral campaign. The person making the most referrals wins a free Building Resilience Power Pack which includes a 12′ x 18″ full-color poster of the ten Skills & Attitudes, a BounceBack deck of your choice, and 1 lb. of BounceBack Brew.

Three partial mages of poster, coffee bag and BounceBack decks.

In order to get credit for referrals, you must visit this page, create an account, and sign in each time. Share the update and/or the page by using the social sharing buttons on the page. This will track the number of shares from your sign in. Thanks!

Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond: A Crowdfunding Event

This is a link to our crowdunding Pre-Launch page. Darkened version of our "thumbs up" image with the following text. Resilience is key to managing global stressors. Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond. Resilience can be learned. We create the tools.
Click on the image t be taken to our Crowdfunding Pre-Launch page.

To our valued supporters,

On May 15, 2019, we will embark on a crowdfunding campaign intended to finance six no-cost training sessions to three communities that research indicates would benefit from increased resilience, and, who we feel are in a position to positively impact the quality of our current and future lives. Those communities are immigrants, students, and 1st. Responders.

Children are our future. We all benefit from our future decision-makers becoming more resilient in an era where these Skills & Attitudes have not evolved as naturally as in past generations. Immigrants bring value by way of diversifying our thinking. They can have a stabilizing effect on our economy. We need to focus on what is good in them and help them to manage the adversities that brought them to us. 1st. Responders are our lifelines. They face adversity daily. We need to help them help us by providing Skills & Attitudes and support that will enable them to better manage the trauma that they encounter. Continue reading “Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond: A Crowdfunding Event”

Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond

Hand and forearm only emerge from a breaking ocean wave giving the "thumbs up" sign.
Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond.

We will kick off our Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign soon. We had hoped to kick off in March 2019, but time passes quickly and we are working to layout our story and document our plan for funding. With the help of Alphonse, our very own videographer, we are creating a new video to promote our campaign and our cause. We’ll post updates as the time draws near.

Our goal will be to fund no-cost training and materials to three target groups: Continue reading “Building Resilience in Maine and Beyond”