My friend Domino said to me the other day, “I’m real good in a crisis situation. I know how to take charge and get things done. If it was the end of the world, I’d help everyone stay calm. I’d save everyone. I’d be like Will Smith. “ I thought that is all well and good if someone announces on Tuesday that the end of the world will be here on Friday. But that’s not how it happens. Maybe we just wake up one day and have no power and no cable and no internet and no phone and have no way of knowing what’s going on. We keep thinking it will all be back on in a minute. Maybe after a few days of that, we step outside and begin talking to our neighbors. Maybe we find out they aren’t so annoying after all. Maybe we make a new friend and it feels good to have a friend when we’re in an unknown situation. It feels good to support each other in this. Maybe we begin to hear rumors that it’s the end of the world and we see that some people are very afraid and beginning to panic. We can help by turning their thoughts to more pleasant things. We can remind them that no matter what’s going on, it will pass soon and we’ll be on the other side of it. We can ask them to talk about hopes they have for the future, once this situation has passed. We can ask them to recall the happy times in their lives, and get them vibrating in a better feeling place. We can help them be hopeful, because when we are hopeful, we attract a more satisfying experience to ourselves. That’s the most important thing we can do in a crisis.
Domino and I joked that if she can’t even get along with her sisters in their own neighborhood, how can she help save the world? If the bottom line is to make everything as pleasant for everyone as you can in the Now moment — no matter what is going on in that Now moment – why aren’t we doing that now? Are we waiting to see the UFOs or meteors fall from the sky or the flood waters waist high in our homes? Why can we not just act “as if” right now?
This is how you become good in a crisis. You practice it every day before there is a crisis so that it’s your automatic reaction when a crisis comes up. So it’s your automatic reaction to help those around you feel more copeful (this was a typo but I’m going to leave it.) We are good in a crisis when we help others turn their thoughts to more pleasant things. When we remind them that no matter what’s going on, we’ll be on the other side of it soon. When we change the topic from their fears to their hopes for the future. When we ask them to recall happy times, and when we get them vibrating in a better feeling place.
We’re the best in a crisis when we help people be hopeful. When we’re hopeful, we attract a more fulfilling life experience. We attract more to be hopeful about. So when are you going to go into crisis mode?
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