Tag Archives: Resiliency

Firestorms, Hurricanes, and Massacres; The Light Behind the Darkness

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We are experiencing a time of great turmoil right now; destruction, chaos and pain. It’s exhausting and overwhelming. But it is also an opportunity. Because the possibility exists for the inconsequential, the small and mundane desires that no longer serve us, to be swept aside as deep, consequential energies rise to the surface.   Questions […]

Post-Traumatic Growth is Real

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There is a darkness in the world and we have the privilege and the burden of bearing witness to it. With our profession and a continual exposure to death, pain, and cruelty, it is natural to sometimes feel traumatized ourselves. This is normal if we are healthy, compassionate beings and not psychopaths. But the feeling […]

She’s Got Grit

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Shannon Huffman Polson, former Apache helicopter pilot and Army 2nd Lt, writes about female leadership for her column She’s Got Grit. In this article she branches out from the military to the fire service and asks me a few questions. I’m not an officer, just a firefighter, but if you’re interested you can read more […]

In Response to the Orlando Shooting

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My Dear First Responders,   If there’s ever any doubt that what we does matters, if you ever wonder if we really have an impact on our society and world, this morning answers that question loud and clear.   Yes. We Matter. The world needs us.   When I heard the news about the Orlando […]

Trigger Warning

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“There are things that upset us. That’s not quite what we’re talking about here, though. I’m thinking rather about those images or words or ideas that drop like trapdoors beneath us, throwing us out of our safe, sane world into a place much more dark and less welcoming. Our hearts skip a ratatat drumbeat in […]

A Manifesto of Fire

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Triple F—A Manifesto   Manifest discipline—emotionally, professionally, morally and intellectually. Let your discipline be revealed in the way you dress, speak, walk, work, and comport yourself with co-workers and the public. Develop attention to detail. Start small and work up.  Take pride in the little things.  Kick ass on the big things.   Embrace compassion […]

Jedi Mind Training

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Jedi Mind Training.  That’s what I keep telling my crew we’re doing.  Who doesn’t want to be a Jedi Knight?  But to be one takes focus.  Concentration.  Attention honed to a blade-like sharpness.  And frankly these skills in the fire service have been sliding away the last six or so years like blood down a […]

Defiance

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What do you tell a woman with two black eyes? Nothing. You’ve already told her twice.   I’ve heard this joke my entire career. Just about every single year, someone on the job will feel inclined to recite it to me usually in response to domestic abuse that has occurred on a call or in […]

Nerve: Poise Under Pressure, Serenity Under Stress, and the Brave New Science of Fear and Cool

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Nerve is an entertaining and fascinating read.  Taylor Clark is able to distill scientific research and convey it with a storyteller’s flourish.   Here’s the publisher’s description: Nerves make us bomb job interviews, first dates, and SATs. . . . It paralyzes seasoned concert musicians and freezes rookie cops in tight situations. And yet not everyone […]

“Heroes”

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    Every hero doesn’t go do this great big hero thing.  They do the simple thing over and over and over.  And they have the persistence and they stick to it.   * No matter how much technology has evolved, it comes back to human will, human chutzpah, human resilience.         […]

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