I just completed a Zoom call with two amazing women authors and Appreciative Inquiry practitioners, Joan McArthur-Blair and Jeanie Cockell. Their book Building Resilience with Appreciative Inquiry gives us the ability to acknowledge what is happeing in our lives, and help us to move into a new way of being.
Appreciative Inquiry is about seeing possibility, reframing situations to see strengths, imagining the future and designing a way forward. Often it is difficult to move forward if you are in despair, grieving or feeling loss. In recent days I have found my emotions bouncing all over the place and even stayed in bed until the early afternoon one day. I discovered that I could not stay there, something inside sparked and said, “don’t do this, there is hope, the world can be a new place.”
This book is all about acknowledging our despair, finding hope and learning to forgive. These three elements combine to give us resilience. The authors recognize tragedy while also seeing the power of our human spirit. They round out the Appreciative Inquiry model and philosophy by allowing stories of grief and despair to be acknolwedged so that we are free to imagine a new future.
The world is calling for us to create a new way of being on this planet. Check it out, I think you will find it a useful tool in your work and life.