Stillness. Seeing light through a window at Seattle’s historic Good Shepherd Center.

Its been awhile since my last post. Like many writers, I find myself paralyzed, unable to pen thoughts to this blog. Perhaps, and likely, it is the human condition of fear, self-doubt, pressure to perform, to succeed. Yes, indeed, these forces, real and perceived, have oppressed my virtual quill and ink.

Stepping into the presence of these forces, noticing them, they become less powerful. They sit with me with less power, simply because I joined them, almost as an old friend. My old friends fear, self-doubt, anxiety; I see you. Step aside, stay if you wish. But I must write, in all my imperfection I have strength and purpose, I must share.

This beautiful decorative window above sits among many like it within the theatre of the Good Shepherd Center in Seattle, Washington. I was privileged to visit this building that’s on the National Register of Historic Places this week during a mindful leadership seminar by the Authentic Leadership In Action Institute.

Looking into the evening sunlight, pouring through this artwork of stained glass, provides an opportunity for pause, for stillness, even if for just one moment. It’s in the moments like this that we cultivate an awareness of the present, that we offer the opportunity for our strength to return to us. Mindfulness teaches us to cultivate that presence, to be, simply, where we are. A most complex simplicity.

About Richard Goerling
Thank you for visiting my blog! My goal is to create a place that allows us to learn from each other, support our first responders, and, perhaps, find ways to facilitate human sustainability and cultural evolution in public safety. My expertise is in policing, yet we share similar occupational stressors, experiences, cultural attitudes and behaviors with our friends and colleagues in the fire service, at the dispatch centers, and in the field and emergency departments with our medics, nurses and doctors. Trauma bonds us. It goes without saying that all of this is relevant for our brothers and sisters serving in the military. I've learned most of what I know about stress management from these great warriors. Let us learn from each other. This blog will explore that trauma bond. We'll look at the work of authors, professors, journalists, and other subject matter experts in diverse disciplines in an effort to improve the resilience (wellness, health, attitude, motivation, etc.) of our first responders. Join us here in the dialogue and let's work together to make a difference, one conversation at a time. Peace.

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