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Responding Differently to Difficult Situations

After last week’s blog, I kept thinking about this example of having the presence of mind in frightening situations to put what we’ve learned into practice. This story comes from Upworthy and StoryCorps and details the experience and reaction of social worker Julio Diaz when he was held up at knife point - and it brings many questions to my mind: How can we train ourselves to be aware and mindful to see beyond the immediate, outwardly displayed behavior into what’s actually going on underneath? Every situation is different and so every response must be different. How can we get better at reading situations and being creative in our responses? How can we train ourselves to have the presence of mind to actually put what we have learned into practice and respond to difficult situations differently? Is it very complicated, or rather simply about going live and living what we believe?

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