Broken? Nope-on the Upswing..

I remember this conversation I had with the Director of Behavior Health who I worked with back in the day. I was the board secretary for Norton Sound Health Corporation. I do not recall why it was only he and I preparing for the board meeting, but this is what I remember:

We were talking about depression and suicide.

I commented that people commit suicide during their upswing – not at their bottom.

He stopped in his shoes and asked me, “How do you know that?”

I do not know what I responded.

What I know now, is that an upswing can take forever and ever and ever, way different than a downhill slide.

The downhill slide is easy. and as fast or slow as you want to take it. you will always have people surrounding you and loving you on the downhill.

the upward swing though, is lonely.

The path of least resistance equals the downward slide.

The “in-between” is a teeter-totter.

But people who believe they can create a path of least resistance by jumping back and forth on the teeter-totter – will always lose because the mathamatical fact is that a positive-negative makes a negative.

the beautiful thing is the momentum of an upward swing requires others and together we can extend our legs, lean back fully in our arms length, and feel the breeze on our face as we revel in the victory of work well done.

Welcome 2021 and beyond, we are on the upswing. Interesting further reading:

https://themercury.com/features/upswing-has-feel-of-textbook-but-is-readable-provocative/article_d161394b-1894-50a4-8c75-63dbf68bf8cb.html

Published by Trudy Sobocienski

My blog, "Beyond Leadership" is a creative place to share my personal feelings and thoughts while working in leadership roles for a variety of Alaska Native organizations, both for and not-for profit entities. An incredible leader and mentor of mine once asked while we were in Washington, DC, "What happened to you between the ages of 7-10 that motivated you to serve in a native leadership capacity". I was struck by that poignant thought and as such, include actual entries from my mother and my diaries beginning in the early 1970's. I enjoy sharing these excerpts because it captures the parallels she and I were experiencing throughout life, from two separate worldviews. Hers as a young mother of four and mine as her eldest child. I have never came across a book on leadership that lays bare a leaders personal feelings, thoughts, hopes, fears and dreams they were experiencing. So for me, my goal is two-fold: 1. Share the incredible life my parents created for my siblings and I growing up in remote Alaska; and, 2) Sharing my humanity, through my personal diaries and journals, while serving as the youngest-ever President/CEO for the Alaska Native Health Board. There are passages that will include significant policy issues I was working on throughout my career and travels. There are many more passages that do not. I cannot speak for my mom's passages, because I am reading them as I share them here, with you; with her permission of course.

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