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December 6th, 2020

Resilience

I recognize this is a challenge and one that will be taxing in different ways. I focus on my what makes me feel fulfilled, strong, and connected; my family and friends, my hobbies, and my work.

I have a few family members left and I have mailed them notes or cards and books that I have read. The notes do not say anything particularly earth shattering but they might say.... well we started the fall semester yesterday and I am teaching this course or that course....Yes we speak on the phone and "Zoom" but the Zooms call are less frequent. I call friends to check in with them and that allows them to check in with me. Some neighbors and I do coffee in the park, we have a dog park on our street, and we all bring one new recipe that we have tried and we share samples. So often times we have a meal or two for later in the week plus we have a new recipe for our "recipe box".

I try to be present when doing the small things such as reading a book by my self or sitting on my front step drinking coffee and talking to a neighbor who is standing in the street. I try to enjoy the moment. I savor my runs at different times of the day and on different paths because I can now. I allow those times to be slower, not rushed or pressured. I saw a red fox the other morning on my run. I stopped and watched as the fox ate a pumpkin then ran down the street.

I listen to what the students say in a Blackboard post or assignment as often times it reflects the current state of tension. I pay more attention to how present they are in a course and how present I am. I reach out to them more often and in different ways. I post a few more weekly announcements thinking they might need an extra reminder or two because they are working and going to school and managing a family and working with covid patients or maybe dealing with family members with covid. I send emails to them saying.... have not seen you in Bb for 6 days, how are things going for you? By in large, I see them as being resilient and I express that to them. I tell them that of they are having a bad day that I am here for them, the counseling center is here for them, the school is here for them. I remind them we are here for them and that while we are not sitting on our office, we are here with them.

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I think the ways you are reaching out to your students and showing concern for all that is happening in their lives is wonderful! As a nurse working on my MSN while working with COVID patients, I know how grateful I am when my professors give me this same level of care and understanding. Thank you for your work as an educator during this time!

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Hi Nina:

Thanks for joining our conversation. Clearly, I could learn a few things from you about staying present! Any tips you can offer about how you do that?

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