Resiliency Reader - Summer 2015

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Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of the Resiliency Reader eNewsletter brought to you by the Al Siebert Resiliency Center.

We hope you will find the information and articles below useful in your quest to become more resilient. Please join in the conversation either at our online forum, or by submitting your article, review, upcoming event or other resiliency-related resources to us for possible publication. We welcome your submissions!

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Molly's Corner: Resiliency in Native American and Immigrant Families

One benefit of holding a smaller-group Resiliency workshop like the one we just completed at Reed College, is that connections can be made from shared common experiences and feelings not ordinarily discussed in the typical workshop or continuing education program. We're able to adjust the agenda to explore what the participants are seeking and working through in their individual life journey whether it be personal or business related. One journey that touched me this year was from a Native American perspective.

That, in addition to the article we shared last edition ("Native American Resilience" by Tawna Skousen), prompted me to read and write a review of a research book called Resiliency in Native American and Immigrant Families (Sage Publications, Eds: McCubbin, Thompson, Thompson and Fromer). The book emphasizes "why families succeed when, for all practical purposes, they might fail or falter." My review is attempt to provide a summary of the section on the Native American perspective of the Relational Worldview Model and the major concepts of the research. READ MORE...

~ Molly Siebert, Director, Al Siebert Resiliency Center
"My life sings of connections with life, spirit and you!"


3 Tips to Discover Your Purpose and Strengthen Your Resilience
~ by Michelle Atlas

I bet you're no stranger to the resistance and fatigue that shows up when you spend time working at tasks or fulfilling responsibilities that are not your forte. When we invest in activities that are out of alignment with our natural strengths and passions, we whittle away at our core well-being, self-confidence and inspiration. We compromise our capacity to navigate life's challenges and changes with grace and ease, and chip away at our resilience.

Some people think that their purpose is the right job. Others think... READ MORE...


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Book Review: Resiliency in Native American and Immigrant Families

Edited by Hamilton I. McCubbin, Elizabeth A. Thompson, Anne I Thompson and Julie E. Fromer
Review provided by Molly Siebert

From the beginning of time, the Native Americans have integrated a multi-dimensional perspective of wellness. The Relational Worldview Model described in this book speaks to this. The concern for the esteem and health of the natural world and the spirit world is integrated into the esteem and wellness of the tribe, and of the individual Native American. While the book covers several immigrant populations as well, this in-depth review focuses especially on the dynamic process of the Native American model of resilience.
READ MORE... (PDF)
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Resiliency Quote of the Quarter:

choice keys

"Between a stimulus and a response, there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response, and in our response lies our growth and our freedom." ~ attributed to Viktor Frankl, author, neurobiologist, psychiatrist and Holocaust survivor

"... everything can be taken from a [person] but one thing: the last of human freedoms — to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way." ~ Viktor Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning


Research Question of the Quarter:

Have you ever had a situation where you consciously chose your response?
What were your choices? What did you do?
How did it work out?

Tell us about it.


Worthwhile Read:

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Man's Search for Meaning
Viktor Frankl

ISBN: 978-0671023379, 224 pages, © 1997 Pocket Books

Speaking of Viktor Frankl (Resiliency Quote of the Quarter), this book is essential reading for anyone interested in resiliency, thriving, and surviving in adversity. This book has been listed by the U.S. Library of Congress as "one of the most influential books in America." This is the current printing of the book originally translated to English in the 1960s. Read Al's take on Viktor Frankl on our THRIVEnet.com site

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Upcoming Events:

Purpose to Prosperity logo Purpose to Prosperity Retreat - with Michelle Atlas, Certified Resiliency Facilitator

Women: Are you spirit-driven and wanting to express your greatest gifts and strengths in EVERY part of YOUR life? Our very own Michelle Atlas is offering her 2+ day immersive "Purpose to Prosperity Retreat" that will help you align your soul purpose, uncover your money shadow, create your prosperity expression, and live your best life this year. Michelle brings with her personal experience and a range of skills — not the least of which is resiliency — to compassionately engage her group participants to help them discover their individual pathway toward richness, meaning, and prosperity.

Join Michelle in Rochester, New York, October 18-20, 2015, as she takes you on a journey to activate your soul purpose and crack your money code. Space is limited. For more information, please see the Purpose to Prosperity Retreat page at Michelle's Trust-Change.com website.


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