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Hersch Wilson, Firefighter Zen, A Field guide for Thriving in Tough Times

Wed, Oct 21



Hersch Wilson, Firefighter Zen, A Field guide for Thriving in Tough Times

In conversation with Jim Leonard. Hard-Won lessons on coping with life’s inevitable difficulties with composure, courage, and compassion, from a longtime volunteer firefighter

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Date, Time & Location

Oct 21, 2020, 6:00 PM MDT


About the Event

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“Be brave. Be kind. Fight fires.” That’s the motto of firefighters, like Hersch Wilson, who spend their lives walking toward, rather than away from, danger and suffering. In this unique collection of true stories and practical wisdom, Wilson shares the Zen-like techniques that allow people like him to stay grounded while navigating danger, comforting others, and coping with their personal response to each crisis. As in Zen practice, firefighters are trained to be fully in the moment and present to the heartbeat, the life at hand. Each of five sections applies the firefighter’s experience to everyone’s lives.

Readers learn to maintain perspective and equilibrium even in the midst of urgency and to prepare for adversity as well as aftermath and recovery. Finally, six key strategies for thriving in the face of difficulty include practical exercises and real-world advice. Every life contains the unexpected and the unwelcome. Since how we cope with those inevitable events, more than the events themselves, defines the quality of our lives, Firefighter Zen is an invaluable guide to meeting every day with our best calm, creative, and optimistic selves.

You can purchase Firefighter Zen from CW here.

About the Author

Hersch Wilson and his wife, Laurie, became volunteer firefighters in 1986. He has worked as an organizational consultant, pilot, outdoor adventure trainer, professional dancer, and author. He writes for Backdraft magazine and other publications. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

About Jim Leonard 

Jim Leonard is the retired Head of School at Santa Fe Prep.

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