Building Resilience Through Walking Our Talk – Part 3

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The first in our quarterly panel series, Resilience for Every Day – Tools, Tips, and Exercises for Wellbeing produced and hosted by Leah Skurdal, Resilience Event Leader, and co-hosted by Janette Stuart, occurred June 4, 2022. The recording is available HERE.

The 90-minute program features resilience experts sharing their tools, tips, and exercises to help navigate the challenges of living in a rapidly changing world. While preparing for the event, each of the resilience leaders encountered their own stressful situations where they had to apply their best resilience strategies to their lives. In this special series of articles, we hear from each of the presenters on:  

Building Resilience Through Walking Our Talk

Today we hear from …  Ilene Dillon

Ilene shares her story of recovery from surgery, traveling to Egypt, driving across the country, and attending a family death during the months leading to the Resilience for Everyday event.

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For my 79th birthday, I received an unexpected present: I fell on the stairs at my daughter’s house, shattering the upper end of the humerus in my left arm. “For Christmas,” I underwent shoulder replacement surgery!

I looked after myself meticulously, renting a hospital bed to make getting in and out of bed easier. I bought a small freezer, loading it with gel packs for icing my shoulder. My adult children and grandchildren vetted the surgeon, explored details of the surgery, bought me front-button clothing, and took me to doctors.

I asked for help—I wanted a “textbook perfect” operation. I got it. I didn’t take narcotics. Permission to drive came in 15 days! 9 weeks post-surgery, I went on a previously-planned trip to Jordan and Egypt. There, I rode camels. The doctor admonished, “Just don’t fall off!”

Five months post-accident, I resumed my RV travels. I have lived, worked, and traveled in my RV full-time since 2017. Writing, consulting, coaching, and speaking, I wend my way through North America.

Challenges I experienced:

  • I had lost the ability to lift the heavy hood of my van, which I needed to do every other refueling stop. At the service station, I asked two men starting on a fishing trip for help. Smiling, they did everything for me. Expressing my gratitude, I accepted their gifts.
  • To put my Murphy bed down for sleeping, I need to extend my slide out. It started having problems, creaking, snapping, and moving unsteadily. Nearly $800 later, it was barely working but I had new tricks for coaxing it.
  • During my travels, I kept rehabbing and got strong enough to raise the hood on my van. The slide-out quit completely in Mobile, AL. I spread my blow-up camping mat over the unfolded seats to sleep for 12 nights.
  • It was time to hotfoot it to my sister’s Texas home, where I could stay while the van was properly repaired. Available and reputable repair shops were nearly impossible to find—but I did on the first call!

Arriving a week ahead of schedule, my sister called when I was two hours from her home. She was in Hawaii. Our mother, age 104, was in the ER and appeared to be dying. She lasted three days until my sister arrived. Going straight to the hospital, I was able to comfort her in her last days. End of an era. She was my stepmom for 76 years.

Resilience is about adapting to change. What helped me?

  1. Whatever happened, I faced it directly. Facing Facts is the road to freedom.
  2. At last, I’ve learned to ask for and accept help.
  3. I had things to look forward to—Egypt and continuing my RV travels.
  4. I followed a principle formulated years ago: Pay attention, not to what you want to overcome, but to what you want to Become.
  5. I provided myself what I needed to feel supported and loved.
  6. I was continuously a grateful learner.

Ilene’s free gift to you is a 30-page Transformational Chaos Booklet. Send an email with the subject line “Chaos” to [email protected] for your free copy.

Ilene Dillion, MSW, has dedicated her life to helping people resolve personal challenges once and for all, then design life to be what they want it to be. A Transformation Specialist, she has worked for 50 years as a marriage counselor, psychotherapist, and coach. Ilene is a recovered angry person, a global speaker, Amazon’s #1 Bestselling author, and mastermind leader. She is the author of Emotions in Motion: Mastering Life’s Built-in Navigation System. Connect with Ilene Dillon on her WU Profile page

Resilience for Everyday: Tools, Tips & Exercises for Well-being is a donation-based event, supported by pay-what-you-can donation upon registration anytime through the recording. It is available to all who would like to attend. You can make a donation HERE.

Save the Date for the next Resilience Building event:

Resilience for Harmony: Tools, Tips & Exercises for Well-being
September 10, 2022, 10-11:30amET

Written by Ilene Dillon and Leah Skurdal

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