127: Brigadier General Thomas Solhjem | Hard Learned Secrets of Resilience

Battling addiction late in the Vietnam era, the US Army’s Deputy Chief of Chaplains Brigadier General Thomas Solhjem found redemption through his faith and other’s mentorship. As he realizes now, isolation, though a common strategy, is the worst way to deal with adversity. Reaching out to others and sharing your experiences is an admission of strength. He has spent an extremely long time in the military, forty years with thirty of those as a chaplain, helping others cope with the rigors of battle and drawing strength from trying circumstances. Solhjem sources his vast experiences to tell us how to be better people.

Lessons:

  1. The person who overcomes adversity is the person who is able to channel strength from outside theirself.

  2. Post traumatic order is finding a positive context for hardship and becoming stronger as a result.

  3. Resilience is the integration of elements into your life that enable you to be flexible.

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Credits

  • Producer – Marion Abrams, Madmotion, llc.
  • Hosts: Joe De Sena with Johnny Waite, Sefra Alexandra, Col. Tim Nye, Dr. Delle & David Deluca
  • Synopsis – Matt Baatz