When life feels heavy, as we all know it can, consider turning towards the challenges instead of turning away. This might feel counterintuitive, but with the right tools and support, turning towards challenge can feed strength – and it is necessary to create a different world.
How might this look? When you’re feeling exhausted, turn towards your story that you need to do it all or that your value is defined by your work. When you disagree, turn towards the uncomfortable topics with an open mind and heart. When a problem seems impossible to solve, turn towards your sense of vulnerability and ask for help – and how you might help. When a tragedy shakes up your world, turn towards the undesirable emotions you are feeling with curiosity.
Here is a practice to help you sit with your emotions in a way that can help you turn towards the hard stuff.
The horrific events of the past weekend in the US can understandably be leaving folks feeling frustrated, distracted, weary, scared, confused, sad and even hollow. Worldmakers are tasked with turning towards violent acts of hatred with a fierce commitment to justice, love and creating a world where all are supported to thrive.
Let the words of the late Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor, inspire us:
“The opposite of love is not hate, it's indifference. The opposite of art is not ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith is not heresy, it's indifference. And the opposite of life is not death, it's indifference.”
– Elie Wiesel
May you choose acts of care for yourself and others today,
– Team Worldmaker
Mental Health Awareness Month
Sally Spencer-Thomas, a clinical psychologist and social impact entrepreneur, believes in the power of storytelling to save lives. After her brother died by suicide, Sally teamed up with friends and family to make meaning of the tragedy and prevent future suicide crises. Watch this episode of Resiliency Matters TV to learn ways you can get involved to move the conversation beyond “suicide prevention” or “mental health” to one of safety, health, resilience and wellness.
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Worldmaker trainers are delivering a series of six community-based resilience workshops using the THRIVE Resilience Model™, a time-tested framework that helps people prepare for, adapt to and grow through adversity. Over 90% of adult participants reported they gained new tools to help youth explore values, set & pursue goals and persevere through setbacks.
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Read: Dr. Renée Boynton-Jarrett: Weaving community, embracing diversity and honoring human dignity
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