How Will You Know That Tool is Actually On Your Belt?
There's a way a tool feels when it shapes to your intention.
I’m in a hurry.
On the rare occasions I actually cook something, I want to know there will be a meal at some point. (This is especially true since my cooking motions are unpracticed and it takes me twice as long as the recipe predicts!)
When I’m training helping professionals, I want to know they’ll come away with something that can fundamentally change how they serve others, something that will multiply the impact of what I bring them.
The people who sign up to become Conductors of THE HUMAN JOURNEY® are like this, too.
They tend also to be busy professional people — with credentials in social work, counseling, divinity, nursing, care management, and other fields focused on the service of others. Like us, they’re concerned about the amount of loss, grief, confusion, and alienation they’re seeing in their work, which has been growing exponentially in this past year.
They’re motivated by making a difference.
They’re not going to learn to do that by only sitting and staring at a series of slides. They don’t have time to “learn” another tool that’s going to sit on a shelf or in a drawer.
The pandemic changed how we teach — for the better.
Occasioned by the pandemic, our movement not only to an online training modality but also to a three-session training format — one that gets Conductors up and running right away and then keeps refining their skills — has been game-changing.
With the Conductor’s Kits shipped and the Conductor’s Guidebooks made available in advance, and a scaffolded process by which our trainees actually get to conduct THE HUMAN JOURNEY® twice during the two interstitial weeks of our training, our new training format has turned out to be exactly the right way to get people up and running in their settings — whether they be senior living, recovery centers, hospices, congregational settings, therapists’ offices, or social service settings.
They get specific coaching on what they actually did during those two Journeys.
And we’re improving our model even more for 2021.
We’ve added a one-month-out, private session with me — THJ’s inventor and founder — that allows you, once you’ve started implementing THJ on a regular basis, to identify where your own questions, triumphs, and growth edges are. It’s like having a custom toolbelt sized for you and your practice context.
We’d love to suit you up and ensure you grow your capacity to help groups and families. Consider joining a growing body of those using THE HUMAN JOURNEY® to support those at points of crisis or inflection in their lives.
So, Who’s the Father?
So, Who’s the Father?” isn’t exactly what a person who’s expecting wants to hear. It can feel like an accusation, like an invasion of privacy, or like a completely irrelevant question, depending on one’s method of conception, key relationships, or plan for childrearing. Even in days when there were fewer methods for conceiving a child or for avenues for getting one to adulthood, Emily Post might have advised just to stick with a hearty congratulations.
Ostranenie: A Fantastic Russian Word
Learn to pronounce ostranenie and impress your friends with your accent as well as with this cool word.
And what a concept … to learn to re-see, as if with new eyes, those things our eyes think they know so well, they no longer see them at all.
To find wonder again and again in the way our sister-in-law calls company in for dinner without the least hint of anxiety, exhaustion, or sense of the extraordinary event.
To learn anew about the people we think we know best.
The Creature Comforts Checklist
This is it our “Creature Comforts Checklist.” It’s an odd name, we know.
We called it that, recognizing that grief is a very physical thing and that sometimes what grievers most need (aside from not being asked if they need anything) is not to talk but to be. Just a creature.
When you’re grieving, you miss the physical presence of the person you lost …
Beyond “In Through the Nose, Out Through the Mouth”
You’ve seen it a thousand times on television. Just a bit of momentary drama to set the stage. It’s a medical show. Someone is having an anxiety attack. Maybe he’s hyperventilating. The medical professional or first responder fixes her eyes on this (typically) mouth breather
How Can Something Be Neither Good Nor Bad?
It’s super fun to watch someone’s thinking shift right in front of you. They might jerk still suddenly, their eyes wide and long, like old cartoon figures in a haunted house or a dark cave, when all you could see was the eyes. That’s part of the joy
Becoming the Witness
I’m an avid reader of Twitter for its political and epidemiological news, which often appear prior to (and prove more informative than) what can be made available under the rubric of conventional media. I continue to be struck by a story that Pulitzer Prize-winning