Primary author: Hope Decker
Soon into the COVID-19 pandemic I was feeling the weight of how uncertain things were. I was keenly aware of the struggle that I, and the people around me, seemed to be having with uncertainty.
What is in this tool?
This is a series of reflective exercises to help the user unpack where uncertainty exists, what impacts it has on their life, and identify strategies that work for them to process through the feelings and impacts that come with uncertainty.
I love how libraries can foster the good life in their communities and have a profound respect for the work that people in libraries do.
As the director of a small, rural library for almost 10 years, and working for a library system that supports the great work of small and rural libraries I developed a deep appreciation for the importance of rural libraries in their communities. Being a researcher on this project strengthened my conviction that what libraries do matters. I have a passion for seeing people who work in libraries flourish.
Soon into the COVID-19 pandemic I was feeling the weight of how uncertain things were. I was keenly aware of the struggle that I, and the people around me, seemed to be having with uncertainty. As I thought about our case study communities and director interviews I was impressed by how people moved forward and did things that contributed to community wellbeing, despite uncertain outcomes.
I designed these questions to walk through a situation with an unknown outcome. I find that first acknowledging uncertainty can take away some of its power so I can figure out possible solutions. Sometimes the solution involves asking for help or letting some parts of it go.
For this exercise, I invite you to keep it light, it is not meant to dive into significant concerns or situations causing a great amount of distress. For deeper uncertainty, you may want to talk about it with a trusted friend or counselor.
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