Resiliency Reader - Spring 2015

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Welcome to the Spring 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: Kobe Bryant Understands Resiliency

I was pleasantly surprised when my mother persuaded me to read an article in USA Today about basketball star, Kobe Bryant, and his documentary film Kobe Bryant's Muse. After I read it, I immediately wanted to share it with you. Here is one excerpt that I felt a connection to:

No matter one's walk in life, [Bryant] believes there's a simple formula to success: the curiosity that is so often sparked by muses comes first, followed by purpose, discovery and then growth.

"As you get older, you start to understand, you start to have a broader perspective and understand that there's greater growth to be had if you don't just hold onto the discovery itself. If you share that discovery, then you wind up having an influence. It's not saying, 'Do this or do that,' or 'My way is the right way.' The best way to do it is to say, 'This is how I got here. This is my journey.' And then leave it up to the viewer to interpret it however they see fit."
~Kobe Bryant

The philosophy of curiosity, purpose, discovery and growth in his formula for success is quite evident of a resilient mindset. This philosophy aligns with the first four levels of Resiliency (located at our website or in The Resiliency Advantage) which lays the foundation for level 5, the highest level. At level 5, READ MORE...

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

Thunderbird symbol :  similar meaning to resiliency

Native American Resilience - by Tawna Skousen

We offer to you a scholarly article by Tawna Skousen, PhD, former adjunct faculty at the University of Utah, discussing resiliency among Native Americans. Did you know it is believed that every indigenous language has a word that means resilience?

In an effort to help foster this ingrained resilience among tribal members, Tawna considers how cultural traits (based on traditional Native American values) and degree of assimilation into non-native culture affect a person's resilience. She discusses some challenges with approaching this diverse population — there are over 500 tribes, each with their own historical experience and frame of reference. She touches on the universal benefit of possessing paradoxical traits, and also suggests a way to promote resilience in Native Americans that is seldom considered or discussed.

Levels of Resiliency - by Glen Fahs, PhD

When we give presentations on resiliency, we share five levels that can be (much too briefly) summarized as:

  1. Health,
  2. Analytical and Creative Problem Solving,
  3. The Inner Selfs (including Self-Esteem),
  4. Complexity and Balance, and
  5. Serendipity - More than a pleasant surprise, capitalizing on disruptive change, finding value in one's worst experiences, seeing opportunities where others see roadblocks, and bouncing back with alacrity.

In this article, Glen takes a different and personal look at resiliency that frames how the principles of resiliency are applied daily to whatever challenges we face.

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Resiliency Quote of the Quarter:

Pathway photo -
What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matters compared to
what lies within us.
~ Henry Stanley Haskins*

*Note: This quote is often attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson, among others, but evidence at and confirmed through Google Books indicates the actual author of the quote is Henry Stanley Haskins.

Research Question of the Quarter:

Dr. Skousen remarks in her article (PDF) that the most resilient Native Americans are those who are able to take on both qualities of their tradition along with qualities of American mainstream culture. As the mainstream culture is quite individualistic, and the native culture more community-oriented, she asks the following question: If Native Americans are healthier when they develop a bicultural orientation; could the same be said of us [non-natives]?

Worthwhile Read:

what doesn't kill you cover

In keeping with the personal pathway theme:

  • what doesn't kill you makes you stronger: Turning Bad Breaks into Blessings
    Maxine Schnall, ISBN: 0-7382-0732-2, 243 pages, © 2002 Perseus Publishing.

    Drawn from personal experience, Maxine Schnall provides a system of beliefs and practical exercises to help you most effectively navigate the winding path from loss to regeneration. Check the section on "Hidden Gifts" starting on page 42 for some good insights.

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