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Just published: Martha Treat #196
Emergency, Crisis, Fire
The urgency many share with me about their work feels to them like emergency, crisis and fire. The reality is that the urgency is imagined vs real. Those in California last week who experienced the fires threatening their lives and homes know first-hand about real urgency.
Flames visible from your home do create a true state of urgency. The urgency stops however once your car is packed and you are driving away safely protected from the fire. The trick is to let go of the adrenaline and fear after the experience.
I am inspired by my friend Jackie whose house burned to the ground this week after she evacuated. Even in the midst of learning that there was no home to go back to, she was able to move into action to take care of herself after processing the initial shock. The urgency/emergency was getting herself out of her home quickly and safely. She chose to leave the emergency and crisis of those evacuation moments behind and place her focus and intention on what is happening right now.
Very quickly she began rebuilding inside and out. She asked friends for support. She called her insurance company to ask about how to file a claim and learned about the replacement process for household items and clothing. She even began initial discussions with a general contractor about rebuilding. That movement forward in the present moment was healing.
I noticed today that I was frustrated at an Apple syncing function that was not working and I said to myself, there is no emergency or crisis here.
The more we can let go of any reactive state and keep focused on what is next to handle, any sense of urgency or sense of overwhelm etc. can be replaced by the calm of this present moment that envelops us all.
Gratefully the nation has been sending prayers to all involved for the containment of the fires, the well-being of the first responders and firefighters and for all whose homes and loved ones have been affected.
May Jackie (along with everyone affected by these fires) be enveloped in loving and receive the caring and support that is being sent.
1. Watch what you tell yourself inside about any imagined urgency or pressure about things needing to happen.
2. When you catch yourself reacting to someone not doing something the way you want it done, ask yourself what needs to happen next and let go of the reaction.
3. Put whatever stress you are experiencing into perspective asking how you can relax and what would be the action to take to allow that to happen.
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