As many of you know my home, as well as Sterling’s corporate offices are in Oakland, California. The wildfires near us have caused enormous loss of property and worse, lives of some firefighters and residents. I found myself reflecting on how we deal with a seemingly never-ending procession of challenges from Covid-19 to economic crashes to wildfires. And that reflection brought me to thinking deeply about resiliency, and especially, the resilience of the human spirit.
My parents who lived through the horrors of World War II can teach us much about resilience. I suspect your parents, uncles, aunts, older friends have stories, too, that they can recount about facing horrific challenges and finding the spirit within to cope with them. You may have personal stories as well. I would also guess that a common theme among those stories is the value of connecting with others, with supporting and receiving support from others. After all, generations before us (and I suspect, generations after us) believed that successfully overcoming very difficult times is a group effort and that resilience is a by-product of that support. A good friend from Hawaii sent me a link to a video that perfectly captures the notion of connections and resilience. See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VJIDRygPCs&feature=youtu.be
I also want to share with you that Dailyn Yanagida, General Manager of the Amazing Care Network will be leaving for her own new adventure in the middle of September. Over the past year, Dailyn guided ACN in the facelift of our website, shifting our in-person afternoon events to webinar format and connected with many of you. I want to thank Dailyn for sharing her passion for ACN and its membership. In continuing with our webinar series, I am eager to hear about the topics that interest you most. Please email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try our best to find subject matter experts in those areas of interest. Thank you.
All my best,