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?
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.
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.
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?