You can’t run away from trouble. There ain’t no place that far.
Recently we have seen our friends in the Eastern part of the United States go through some really tough times. Some have suffered the aftermath of an earthquake while millions of others have just survived a damaging hurricane. Unfortunately I heard some of those unaffected complain that the emergency preparedness actions triggered by the hurricane forecasts were way more than needed and never should have taken place. To me that is like saying my life insurance was a waste of money, I didn’t die. Almost up until the hurricane started north along the eastern seaboard it looked like the hurricane might very well hit the US as a category three storm, which would have caused catastrophic damage and undoubtedly even greater loss of life.
I am grateful that we prepared for what may very well have happened and I am even more grateful that it was not as bad as it might have been. I have real problems with people who depend on hindsight in order to pontificate and criticize after the fact. I am most proud of the people who responded so well to the plans that were implemented. It appears we have learned a lot from previous disasters, so good for us. I was especially impressed with the coordination of effort by all involved in the disaster management effort.
I hope I never need it but here are some disaster coping tools that I copied from one of the Coaching Team Newsletters for my use when necessary.
Ten Ways to Handle Adversity
We’ve all experienced difficult times in our work or home lives, often through events and circumstances outside our control. But like great trees, humans grow stronger when exposed to powerful winds. Here are 10 suggestions for dealing with the hard times when they happen.
1. Take responsibility. – Assume an “I can do something” attitude rather than pointing fingers. If nothing else, you can control your own response to the situation.
2. Limit the focus. – Don’t let the problem become all encompassing. When you compartmentalize the difficulty, you can focus on a workable solution.
3. Be optimistic. – The ultimate belief in life as positive, even with hard-times and troubles, will result in positive behaviors and positive actions.
4. Think creatively. – Approach the problem from new and different directions. Trust your creativity.
5. Have courage. – Having courage doesn’t mean you’re not afraid. It means that you don’t let the fear get in the way of doing what you need to do.
6. Take action. – Handling the day-to-day details can keep you from getting bogged down in the mud of adversity. Determine what can be done, and do it.
7. Take the long-range view. – Remember that “this too shall pass.” Recount other times when you have overcome challenges.
8. Maintain a sense of humor. – Even in the darkest times, laughter can help ease the pain.
9. Get support. – No need to do it alone. Ask for help.
10. Don’t quit. – Persistence may be the greatest of human qualities that help us overcome adversity. Consider how water smoothes stones and wind sculpts cliffsides.
I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders.
A friend said: Our five-year-old son went to a church conference with my wife and me. He got restless, so my wife handed him a pad and pencil and suggested he mark down every time the speaker said the word “and.” After a while, he grew bored, and I asked,
“Would you like to listen for a different word?”
“Yes,” he whispered. “I’d like to listen for ‘Amen’.”
My neighbor has a circular driveway. He can’t get out.
A woman’s husband asked her what she wanted for her birthday. She thought for a moment and said, “This year I just want cold, hard cash for a change.”
The following day her husband fulfilled her request. He put $40 in nickels, dimes and quarters into a quart jar, then filled it with water and placed it in the freezer.
On her birthday he handed his wife a solidly frozen bottle of change.
“All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure.”
Two rural church deacons who were having a sociable beer in the local tavern when they saw their minister drive by and take a good long look at their pickup trucks parked outside.
One deacon ducked down and said, “I hope the reverend didn’t see us or recognise my pick-up.”
The other replied indifferently, “What difference does it make. God knows we’re in here… and he’s the only one who counts.”
The first deacon countered, “But God won’t tell my wife.”
My wife keeps complaining I never listen to her…or something like that.
A new man is brought into Prison Cell 102.
Already there is a long-time resident who looks 100 years old.
The new man looks at the old-timer inquiringly.
The old-timer says, “Look at me. I’m old and worn out. You’d never believe that I used to live the life of Riley. I wintered on the Riviera, had a boat, four fine cars, the most beautiful women, and I ate in all the best restaurants of France.”
The new man asked, “What happened?”
“One day Riley reported his credit cards missing!”
If we are what we eat; I’m cheap, fast, and easy.
Out to lunch one day, a couple immigrants were having a fine time until Hymie began to gag.
“I—I think I svallowed a bone,” Hymie gasped.
“Hymie,” said Morris, “are you choking?”
“No, demmit, I’m serious!”
Count the garden by the flowers, never by the leaves that fall.
Count your life with smiles and not the tears that roll.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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