7 Apples on a Saturday Night | A State of Emergency!

7 Apples on a Saturday Night

This week our city was turned upside down by the worst flood in Calgary’s history. Much of our Province is declared under a State of Emergency. Understandably, the devastation is hard to fathom. It will take months and years to recover and rebuild.

When humans are faced with crisis, we either rise or fall, but we usually see the best in people show up big time. I wonder what would happen if we allowed ourselves to live in a ‘State of Emergency’ all the time?

Alberta Flood 2013

Would love to give photo credit to whoever caught this priceless moment!

7 Observations From Living in a State of Emergency:

1. All unnecessary and unimportant tasks are dropped. Just…dropped.

2. People band together and work in harmony at whatever needs to get done, differences not factoring in at all.

3. Hard work isn’t questioned. It’s the expected standard. Round the clock, whatever it takes, we do what needs to be done.

Combine carrying people

4. Sacrifices are made to support those who have lost everything. Sharing is a given.

5. Kindness is king. It’s amazing how good people become and the empathy that’s uncovered in emergency situations.

6. We assume the best in one another, we expect the best, and for the most part that’s what we get.

7. Heroism is a common occurrence. People often put their own lives at risk to rescue or save another.

Double Rainbow over Saddledome

A Double Rainbow over the Saddledome – Double the Hope!

You never let a serious crisis go to waste. And what I mean by that it’s an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. ~ Rahm Emanuel

Truly, what would life be like if we put these State of Emergency Principles into practice in our daily lives?

**Want to show your human kindness? Click here to donate to the Alberta Red Cross. They need you, we need you. This article demonstrates exactly what I’m talking about – the goodness in people.


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  1. #1 by Ren :P on June 23, 2013 - 2:10 am

    It honestly sounds to me the way community is meant to be, (not the devastation side of things)

    • #2 by shandracarlson on June 23, 2013 - 10:10 am

      You’re absolutely right. I would love to see all of us live it out in our homes and in our communities. Life as we know it would truly change. Less judgment, more love. Less anger, more gratefulness.

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