An inspiring speech by Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley given during the 2014 COG Conference in Michigan, USA.
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“When I first heard about creating a culture of gentleness I had no idea what that meant. After going to trainings, learning about gentle teaching, and seeing a culture of gentleness through the people around me in an organization that seemed so alien, I finally understood what it was. Talking about a culture of gentleness […]
At the age of eighteen I had applied for a job at a coffee shop in the city that I had been living in. I had visited this establishment numerous times and fell in love with it; at the time I had seen it as a place that screamed adulthood, something that I was craving […]
“In the list that follows, compare how a person whom you serve struggles with fear and is distanced from a feeling of being safe. Reflect on the subtle interactions that the person expresses that show “I am safe with you” but always remember that we are not blaming ourselves. Yet, we need to gain insight into […]
A Spirit of Gentleness is About… • Our nonviolence • Our sense of social justice • Our expression of unconditional love • Our warmth toward those who are cold • Our teaching others to feel safe, loved, loving, and engaged • Our teaching a feeling of companionship with the most marginalized • Our forming community […]
“As care givers, we need to be well grounded. Our hope is not in independence, but interdependence. Our primary task is not to control others or force others to be what we want them to be or do what we want them to do. It is to bring a deep unconditional love to those whom […]
The following article addresses the culture found in residential settings where the quality of life is shaped by the multiple relationships between residents and direct care support staff. I was struck by the correlation between the elements of a culture of gentleness and what LaLoux has described in “Reinventing Organizations” as new level of organization […]
The relationships and communication I maintain with the individuals I support have helped me establish a gentle, secure and caring presence within the homes of these individuals. By taking the time to get to know these people, I have learned how some of life’s little problems can build into a bad day. By being consistent, […]
History. Everyone has one, yet most of the time they are hidden like little secrets that blow in the wind. When you meet a person it isn’t the first thing that typically comes to mind. If I was to meet a stranger on the side of the road (because that’s my normal hangout spot 🙂 […]
Have you ever stopped to think about the way that you walk? I know that it is a strange question and if you chose to stop reading here I would likely understand. But I promise you, I’m on to something. Now I am not talking about the physicality of your walk: do hips sway with a […]