Greetings Coaching Colleagues,
One of the things I love about being a Virginian is that we have the opportunity to experience the four seasons each year. While summer is my favorite time of year, I have learned to appreciate the stark contrast of winter. When the temperature dips into the 30's, I look forward to evenings by a roaring fire. When the trees become barren, I notice how earth's neutral backdrop becomes the perfect setting for a cardinal. When the snow starts falling, I pull on my boots and begin anticipating the enchantment of a snow day-no school! no work! And just like that, the realities of what a snow day means-digging out and rescheduling appointments-tempers my spirit. Through the flurry of it all, I ask myself-how truly resilient am I to what life has to offer?
If you joined us at our chapter meeting last week, you had the pleasure of learning more about the concept of resilience from Hile Rutledge, president of OKA in Fairfax, Va. Hile framed his discussion on resilience around five aspects of emotional intelligence: Self-Esteem, Interpersonal Relationship, Social Responsibility, Self-Regard and Optimism. He helped us become aware of our own level of resilience and learn strategies for adopting new behaviors to combat life's stressors. The session was powerful and enlightening-reminding us all that with just a slight shift in behavior, we can build resilience. If you weren't able to attend, remember that one of the benefits of membership is access to chapter meeting materials and handouts. Just go to our website: www.icfgr.com, click on the "members only" tab and then, "presentations/tools". I hope that you'll find these resources valuable in helping you build your own resilience.
Enjoy the best that our winter wonderland has to offer you!
Melissa Maybury Lubin, Ph.D.
Virginia Tech Richmond Center and
Virginia Tech Hampton Roads Centers,
Newport News & Virginia Beach