Doing What I Love but this will be Short …

police-training…because I forgot the power cord for my computer.  I’ll explain.

Training Peer Supporters in the mental health forum has been my life for over 15 years.  It’s certainly not the only part of my life but it is the part which gives me purpose and showcases my skills so it is also the part which makes me feel most alive, and valuable.

This week my skill is being challenged because rather than training mental health consumers I am training a room full of police and first responders.  Usually I am training people who live with mental illness to work with others who have mental illness.  Mental health consumers tend to be very transparent and open about the issues they have had in life.  Police officers and first responders, much like the military, have obstacles to transparency by the very nature of their work and from the “macho” expectation of the positions they hold.

The learning styles of the two groups are also very different and what worked like a charm for the consumer groups we have taught has needed some on the fly revision to fit the audience.  I spent the night preparing and the day second guessing myself, wondering if we were doing the delivery of the material in a way which was relevant and meaningful to them.

Consequence!  I’m tired and when I get tired I get forgetful.  Tonight that means I left the power cord for my computer in the training room at the Brantford Police Station and the battery will likely going to run out of juice about the same time I collapse on the bed of my hotel room to watch something absolutely meaningless after consuming one or two glasses of wine.

Aside – Besides, that station is like Fort Knox and there is no way I could ever get to that cord without an armed escort.  Heck, we can’t even go to the bathroom without someone to let us back in.  


About Peggy Guiler

You just never know what show up on my blog. As the name implies it is about the stuff of life just like Spilt Milk. Everyday events spark thought and contemplation. Special events in the community, the country or the world may strike a cord and get me talking. Sometimes it's about people in my life or circumstances, sometimes about my garden, sometimes about a book or a political issue. Always it's about something I am passionate about. In my business, River of Hope Enterprises (, I work as an "Certified Coach" (International Coach Federation), a trainer, consultant and speaker. and as a spiritual director. I also drive a school bus to keep the wolf from the door while I build my business. I love the kids on the bus (most of the time). My family is grown and I have three grandkids who thrill my heart but I don't get to see any of them very often. Circumstances of life have made "family" difficult. My son died by suicide at age 16 in 2000 and the strain on our family relationships since has been huge. Mental health is a field where I worked for almost 22 years and where I still do some consulting and training. That combined with my own battle with depression and my son's death weave together to form some of my greatest soap box items: suicide intervention, suicide bereavement and peer support in mental health are right on the top of my list. Social justice is an underlying passion. Keeping the wolf from the door as a single parent was full-time work and my career path as a journalists was augmented with cleaning contracts, cooking, retail clerk, and bartending. I have known hard work and am grateful for the experience and perspective it has given me. A firmly grounded faith and a passion for learning has now taken me toward a new field as a Spiritual Director and I am soon adding to that a license to marry people. As I move toward retirement I am very aware that I have to keep working so I chose to do things which will meet my modest financial needs and also my love of supporting people in their life journey. Woven into all of this is my love of writing. Trained as a Journalist, and having worked in the field as a freelance news writer for many years, I have a great love for writing. This blog is a new beginning for me. As I hone my skills and begin to form a daily discipline of writing I hope it will lead to more writing in the future.
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2 Responses to Doing What I Love but this will be Short …

  1. Anand says:

    Best for your training session. A new audience group always poses a challenge. I bet you’ll conquer them – a trainer who spends the night planning for a great session will have a great session. (Anand’s Law.)

  2. I hate leaving something behind like a power cord.
    It just ruins the day or a good mood
    I came by to visit since it has been way to long.
    Hugs Sarah.

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