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The Resiliency Center: A Healing Arts Collaborative in Ambler, PA
How do you deal with CHANGE?
A reflection by Marc S. Jacobs

All three phases of my professional work involve CHANGE. I provide CAREER GUIDANCE to people seeking a CHANGE in their work lives and job status. Our MAN TALK groups help men look at their personal issues, find alternate behaviors and CHANGE their relationships and themselves. As a BUSINESS COACH I assist start-up ventures and existing companies study their markets and internal structure. Then we plan the CHANGES that will chart a more successful route for their organizations.

All too often the common denominator in these somewhat diverse areas is reluctance on the part of the client to CHANGE. As human beings, we learn and develop through our experiences. It is reasonable, though not necessarily productive, that we learn certain behaviors and when they work we repeat them.
 
The consistent but unreasonable trait of human beings is that we also tend to repeat the behaviors that do not work. It is theorized we do this because the behaviors are comfortable. We know what to do. We are pretty sure our past experience has shown us the worst result possible and we survived. So we feel we have nothing to lose by doing the same thing again. After all, if we do something different, who know s what might happen.

Some 20 years ago I was a compulsive, angry workaholic. I had an unsatisfying marriage. My children’s lives were moving in unproductive directions. I was lucky enough to feel uneasy about the situation and be prodded by some loving friends to do something different. I was at bottom and basically had no choice but to involuntarily face CHANGE. By doing so it opened a path and journey that has resulted in a new and soulful marriage, a loving and supportive role in my children’s and stepchildren’s lives, and a balanced and boundaried career in a helping profession.

How much better could my life and the lives of the others in my sphere have been if I had faced CHANGE before I hit bottom? But how could I have found the wherewithal to do so? Where could the strength have come before I became so desperate?

In the word CHANGE itself. One day while walking on the beach by water’s edge, I was thinking about things in my life that I still needed to address. Oh so many things have happened over recent years, lots of growth and development. Yet there were more and varied directions to consider. How would I find the strength to make the choices ahead?

The next inspired thought in my head was CHANGE. I played with idea of CHANGE in my head for a while. I played with the letters in the word. Then it came to me, the possibilities that change offers if I am willing to Choose Hope, Avoid Negativity, Gain Energy.

This idea has provided me with Resiliency I’ve needed to face new challenges and improve my life and the lives of those around me. When life affords you the opportunity to consider a different direction, don’t lose yourself in the safety of the past. Think of the new possibilities that CHANGE can offer you. When you Choose Hope and Avoid Negativity, you will surely Gain Energy and you can shape your own future directions.

Marc S. Jacobs, BA, is an experienced leader in business and the human services whose specialties include career guidance, men’s issues, and business coaching. For more information about his practice at The Resiliency Center or to schedule an appointment, contact him at mjacobs296@gmail.com or 215-280-1675, or view his bio on the Resiliency Center website.

MORE UPCOMING PROGRAMS

> Learn more about these programs and more on The Resiliency Center's events page and online calendar

Family & Community Rhythm & Drumming Workshop
Saturday, 2/27, 10 am – 11:30 am (repeats monthly)

Yoga for Depression, Anxiety, and Trauma
Tuesdays, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
 
The Embodied Healer
Tuesdays, 10:30 am – 12 pm 

The Body Speaks Its Mind
Saturday, 2/13, 10 am – 11 am (repeats monthly)

The Path to your New Job
Tuesdays at 10 am & Wednesdays at 6 pm

Energy Tools
Saturday, 2/6, 9:30 am – 10:45 am

Highly Sensitive Persons Group
Saturday, 2/6, 11 am – 12:30 pm  > More information

Monthly Drumming Circle
Friday, 2/26, 7:30 pm – 9 pm (repeats monthly)

Morning Meditation
Free on Tuesdays, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Evening Meditation
Free on Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 p.m.

Qi Gong Classes
Thursdays at 2 pm & Fridays at 12 pm (2nd & 4th)

> Learn more about these programs and more on The Resiliency Center's events page and online calendar
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Integrative Medicine Services at The Resiliency Center


Georgia TetlowDr. Georgia Tetlow, a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician, has joined our community of professionals. She specializes in integrative medicine for wellness and a broad range of health concerns. Augmenting her use of conventional medicine with evidence-based practices from a wide range of traditions, she addresses the health of the whole person, including mind, body and spirit. For more information, view her profile on the Resiliency Center website, visit Dr. Tetlow’s website at www.BeingMyBestSelf.com (online scheduling available), call (267) 480-7075, or email info@beingmybestself.com.

Nutrition Counseling Services at The Resiliency Center

Jeanine Jewell-Sattler, a holistic health and nutrition support professional, has joined our community of practitioners. She provides support around issues of food and health, including Nutrition Response Testing, Ionic Detox Cleanse and nutritional consulting. To learn more, contact her at jjs@healthwellthyalive.com or 610-212-6939.

Professional Development Training Program Begins Soon!
We are excited to announce that this Spring marks the beginning of our continuing education series for healthcare and healing arts professionals. We are committed to the creation of resilient practitioners and a strong, collaborative professional community and therefore launch the program with “Integrative Strategies to Promote Practitioner Wellness & Prevent Burnout” on March 26th.

All of our workshops emphasize creative approaches and engage participants in activities and dialogue to promote learning on a deeper level.  Additionally, our small class sizes are conducive for more experiential learning, community building, and personalized attention. Each workshop is approved for 6 CEUs for Licensed Clinical Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors. Programs run from 9 am to 4 pm on Fridays, and a healthy and delicious breakfast and lunch are included in all program fees. For more information or to register, see our website at www.theresiliencycenter.com
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FEATURED PROGRAMS
Road Map to a GREAT Career and Job
Feb.17 at 7 pm & Feb.18 at 10:30 am

Marc S. Jacobs, principal in Career and Job Guidance Associates, presents this FREE Job Search Seminar. You will learn to plan your search using tools that empower you including:
> Goal set.
> Review your resume.
> Energize yourself.
> Analyze your finances.
> Timeline your activities.

Marc will be assisted by professional journalist and resume writer Cynthia Hanson.

Ideal for recent college grads, job seekers, and career transitioners. FREE with pre-registration or $49 at the door. For more information, contact Marc at 215 280 1675 or MJacobs296@gmail.com.

CALLING ALL MEN
Looking for a few good men who like to read and discuss.

Sign-ups have begun for the latest MAN TALK (where regular guys get together to learn and support each other) discussion group, IRON JOHN by Robert Bly. Bly’s book chronicles via mythology the struggles men face in our highly industrialized society. Iron John explains how daily expectations force men to live as they are told; often hiding their real feelings. It offers insight into how to live full daily lives that enrich families, careers and one’s own true identity. Sign up now. This series of discussions will begin soon.

For more information contact Marc at 215 280 1675 or MJacobs296@gmail.com.
Marc also offers men individual life skills coaching.
Our mailing address is: 602 S. Bethlehem Pike, Ambler, PA • 215-542-5004 • elizabeth@theresiliencycenter.com
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