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Contributing to What We Love Brings Us Resilience

Yesterday, I woke up feeling afraid. I had a school training to deliver in person and my old nemesis, self-doubt, reared its ugly head. Would I be good enough? Am I still up for in-person training after three years of Zoom life? Then, in a flash, I saw an incredible hummingbird out my back window!

Life is full of suffering: in ourselves and our world. And, magical beauty, like that hummingbird, is everywhere.

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don’t open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down the dulcimer.

Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

~ Rumi

The hummingbird brought me back to myself. I used my Centering Skill of Noticing Myself to pause and feel the slight dread I had about my training. I heard how my inner critic was pulling me down. I then put my negative self-talk on the shelf by practicing Breathing Mindfully. I finished preparing for my morning workshop and I tapped into my joy for what I love to do—teach about the magic of mindfulness.

I love the Collaborating Skill of Contributing Intentionally. According to Bonnie Benard, the mother of modern resilience research, Contributing is one of the top three resilience skills. It meets our fundamental needs of being connected and being of service. Helping others by sharing the We Are Resilient™ approach is a true joy for me. By tapping into my passion, I got excited about my training, and my day became immensely fulfilling — for me, and the educators in my training. 

How does  Contributing Intentionally help you to tap into your Resilient Superpowers? What do you love that awaits you in 2024?

Wishing you a resilient New Year! 

With gratitude, 
Chuck and the Dovetail Learning team