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Courageous Resilience & Creative Risk-Taking (CR2):
The New "R & R" or the Art of Designing Disorder
In today’s TNT – Time-Numbers-Technology – Driven and Distracted World, there’s definitely a need for a new and improved “R and R” model and method – Resilience and Risk-taking! Discover and practice “hands on and helmets off” tools and techniques, skills and strategies for: a) identifying “barriers” to courage and creativity, and b) building resilient and risk-taking professional-team “bridges.” Learn to “aware-ily jump in” and “strive high and embrace failure”; “thrive on thrustration” and “take an incubation vacation.” Prepare for “courageous conversations.” “Learn to fail or fail to learn.” Create “winning” teams that blend individual creativity and interactive community. Stimulate and integrate your head and heart, the obscure, the obvious, and even the oppositional. Come out of the courageous and creative closets.
3. Strive to Survive High Dive: “Strive High and Embrace Failure”; “Resilience & Risk-Taking” time frame; “come up for air”; TLC resource collaboration
4. Thrive On “Thrustration”…Incubate to Illuminate: embrace and harness creative tension; take an “Incubation Vacation”: from letting go to letting come, from frustration to flow
5. Design for Error and Evaluation, Coming Out and Opportunity: range of possibilities over fixed or ideal goals; choosing confusion over illusion of control; avoid “b.s.”; develop IC2 Networks
So seek the higher power of Stress Doc humor…May the Farce Be with You!
And this leads directly to the latest addition of “Resiliency Poetry”: Courageous Resilience & Creative Risk-Taking: The ABCs of Designing Disorder. Actually, both the program and poem are based on an article penned in the 1980s, after a chaotic two season “Mind-Body Connection” experience/experiment on the newly arrived New Orleans Cox Cable Television. (In addition to the weekly performance angst due to my “tele-virgin” status, the fondest memory is of my closing salutation: “This is Mark Gorkin, the Stress Doc ™. Good night and good connections!”)
In addition to the ORATE posting, I will introduce my (CR2) model and method at an upcoming June program, Inspiring with Passion Power, for the Eastern Region of the International Professional Management Association (IPMA). So with (CR2) on the brain, I decided to jump in the “Resiliency Poetry” waters, once again. I hope you enjoy the ride!
P.S. Notice the vertical letter pattern to the left of the first “Preamble” stanza. It’s the rhyme scheme: A-B-CC-A-B-CCC. This is the basic scheme throughout the poem. Also, it’s one reason the poem is subtitled, “The ABCs of Designing Disorder.”
Courageous Resilience & Creative Risk-Taking (CR2): The ABCs of Designing Disorder
Is failing shameful?
** “coeur” and “tete” – French for heart and head respectively
1. First an Agenda…Then into the Arena
Grabs your mind, heart, and gut
You’re alive yet still wary –
Just “Constructive Discontent”
Or a brain bolt heaven sent?
Finally, out of your rut
Wrestling with the contrary
Hones the range of intent
While still being hell-bent…
On a stage all too pregnant!
2. Aware-ily Jump In Over Your Head
Take the plunge; eyes wild and wide
Quickly glean skills and resources
For the challenge of losing (it)
Excites laser learning (and wit)…
And surprise! – a dopamine ride
Craving pleasure and dark forces:
Are you in flight or still fighting?
To avert stage fright freezing
Keep the play brain juice flowing!
3. Strive to Survive the High Dive
Facing Your Intimate FOE:
Oh no…”Fear of Exposure” –
That gap between ambition
And a burnout situation…
Cutting edge tension: “b.s.” or grow.
So “Strive High, Embrace Failure” –
Yin/Yang paradox potion:
Repetition with reflection…still
Beware Icarus ** perspiration!
** Icarus – in Greek mythology, son of Daedalus who lost his life daring to fly too near the sun on wings of feathers and wax
4. Thrive On “Thrustration”…Incubate to Illuminate
Your ideas just won’t unite
Still, don’t fight the big muddle
Slowly harness frustration…
Build a platform for “thrustration”: **
Volcanic dreams in the night
A lava light for your puzzle…
Now drift with meditation
Join in collaboration, then
An “incubation vacation”:
Let go…retreat…hatch new creation!
** “thrustration” – a term coined by Dr. Richard Rabkin; I defined it as being torn between thrusting ahead with direct action and frustration as you cannot quite put together those key puzzle pieces
5. Design for Error and Evaluation, Coming Out and Opportunity
Pursue three-fold pathways:
Trial, error, and appraisal
Not a fixed or “my way” goal
More “b.s.” – be safe! control.
So set hollowed truths ablaze…
From the ashes…mythic renewal:
Mandala ** vision of the soul
Spirit voice from a black hole
Are you ready?…Let’s “Rock 'n Roll!
** Mandala – Sanskrit for “magic circle”; a meditative tool/artistic structure often displaying geometric – concentric and symmetric – patterning; for the pioneering psychoanalyst, Carl Jung, a collective unconscious symbol of psychological wholeness or “individuation”; email for more information
On this “R & R” journey
Not “a means to an end”
Nor a quest “one and done”…
Battles seem lost ere you’ve begun.
Red-hot electric memory
Lurking around every bend…
Dark images eclipse your sun
Still…there’s a chance for madhouse fun:
Will you resist that urge to run?
Mark Gorkin, MSW, LICSW, "The Stress Doc" ™, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, is a national keynote and webinar speaker and "Motivational Humorist & Team Communication Catalyst" known for his interactive, inspiring and FUN programs for both government agencies and major corporations. The Doc is a training and Stress Resilience Consultant for The Hays Companies, an international corporate insurance and wellness brokerage group. He has also led “Resilience, Team Building and Humor” programs for various branches of the Armed Services. Mark, a former Stress and Violence Prevention Consultant for the US Postal Service, is the author of Resiliency Rap, Practice Safe Stress, and of The Four Faces of Anger. See his award-winning, USA Today Online "HotSite" – www.stressdoc.com – called a "workplace resource" by National Public Radio (NPR). For more info on the Doc's "Practice Safe Stress" programs or to receive his free e-newsletter, email email@example.com or call 301-875-2567.