Responding to Stress during the Pandemic: A Resource & Note from Greg Abell

I'm so grateful to Greg Abell, a Grace member, for sharing this toolkit for building resilience during the coronavirus with us as well as relating a bit of his experience that led him into his vocation.

A book that spoke deeply to me at a critical juncture in my life was, Let Your Life Speak, by Parker Palmer.  In the book he poses the question, “Is the life I am living the same as the life that wants to live in me?” 
Is the life I'm living the same as the life that wants to live in me?
My engagement with this question eventually led me to my current vocation of peacemaker (Conflict Engagement Professional) and a passion for community volunteerism.  As a peacemaker I own Sound Options Group, LLC, a Conflict Engagement firm that serves clients primarily in the public sector.  As a volunteer, I love working with others to address diverse needs within our shared communities locally and internationally. For example, I spent the past five years volunteering with a group in Cuba to address the spiritual, physical, and psychological needs of the people in the cities of Havana and Matanzas. I grew to deeply love the people of Cuba. 

Currently I serve on the Board of an organization called First Aid Arts.  We provide training and support to individuals and organizations who want to offer effective arts-based care to survivors of natural disasters, human trafficking, forced migration, domestic violence, homelessness, and other types of trauma. The tool kit that you will find referenced here was developed by our staff to address needs related to the Covid crisis.  I hope that those of you in what has become for us (Kathleen and me) our faith community will find this of value.

--Greg Abell