Resilient Warriors
Author : Major General Bob Dees
Description : How High Do You Bounce? -- a relevant and frequently asked question across all marketplaces of professional endeavor, as well as the inner sanctums of our personal lives. Maybe in moments of introspection, uncertainty, or crisis; you have asked yourself "How High Do I Bounce?" Or looking into an uncertain future, perhaps you are asking "How High Will I Bounce?", anticipating the hard concrete reality of overwhelming life situations to come.  Particularly during these days of a crippled economy, persistent terror threats, terrifying natural disasters, and wars and rumors of wars; it is natural to ask such questions.  I know I certainly have. Perhaps the marketplace where the need for "bounce" is most notable is the military. Our nation's warriors well understand the challenges to bouncing back after repeated deployments, physical or mental wounds, or betrayal on the home front. These warriors go in harm's way on our behalf; they are the "exoderm" of our country, often wounded, cut, bleeding, and dying on our behalf. As role models for warriors in every other marketplace and life endeavor, our nation's military men and women are inspiring and instructive. Military institutions (including supporting civilian contract agencies) are wrestling mightily with tragically high suicide, post traumatic stress, and mental disorder incidence rates; as well as what some would term "an unraveling of military families." All the Military Services are devoting significant resources and leadership focus towards programs and protocols that mitigate these alarming trends. They are making progress, but the challenges are daunting. For all the Services, "bouncing back" (soon to be defined as resilience) has surfaced as a highly relevant and desirable characteristic for those facing the challenges of protracted and globally pervasive conflict. Resilient Warriors will complement these efforts to assist with resilience of military personnel, leaders, and organizations. As well, Resilient Warriors makes these principles of resilience available to "warriors" in every endeavor of life.
Author Details :
As I was falling 12 feet out of a British Lorry onto my back in Army Ranger school, I had many thoughts: “This is going to hurt! Will I break anything? Will I be able to bounce back?” Or during many parachute landing falls (PLFs in “Airborne” vernacular). Or when I held my wife’s hand when the Doctor informed us of our infant daughter’s death. Or when my helicopter in Macedonia was plummeting to earth without power. Or when the South Korean National Assembly was asking for my removal because of overnight instructions to evacuate a South Korean village in the impact radius of a suspected terrorist plot. Or when unable to control events leading to the death of one of my troopers. Or during rare but painful incidents of disappointment and betrayal over forty years of leadership in the military, business, and ministry. You no doubt get the point. Over the past year, I have had the privilege of educating and encouraging people from many different marketplaces regarding “Being a Resilient Warrior.” I have seen business leaders, homemakers, pastors and chaplains, mental health professionals and lay counselors, educators and students, athletes and coaches; and military troops, veterans, and families activate a proactive approach to resilience in their lives.



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