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The Importance of How We Respond

The Importance of How We Respond

An Example of Awareness


 A Moment for Reflection

 Part II of the Awareness Series

Let us take a stroll down the lane when it comes to health issues, education, training, professionals, the general public, all of our lives in relation to quick, harsh judgment. That is, when we cross paths with something we strongly disagree with, do we quickly react, or wisely respond?

Here is a prime example of the difference between those who merely react, and those who choose to respond.

When it comes to real life emergency situations, most agree we want people to receive good care.

Every single one of our nurses, doctors, first responders, experts, trainers, coaches, those in positons of leadership, every single one of them has DIFFERENT perspectives about everything in life.

They may have a different religion, they may have different education, training and life experience, they may be strong believers of the craziest notions anyone could ever come up with.

But what makes them great at their jobs, in your time of NEED, is that they can set themselves (all their personal beliefs, ideas, opinions and values) over to the side, and open up their specific toolkits of emergency knowledge, experience, training and wisdom to HELP YOU.

Think for a moment, for every first responder who arrived on the scene and found the person in need or who caused the situation to be one who was smoking, drinking, intoxicated, irrationally acting out, extremely obese, or was obviously being wreckless and gives the responders fifty different reasons to not help.

No matter how the responder feels about the situation on a personal level, they RISE UP to a higher level of living, and simply help.

The controversial articles I write, could well indeed, be the thoughts and opinions of the very people who help us. And two seconds after someone just bashed them in a hasty reaction, they could find themselves in need of help. Luckily, that first responder knows how to rise to a higher level of living and they will rescue them and come to their aid.

There are people in this world, who have the oddest of ideas and thoughts, and this does not make them bad people. These very same people might actually have more training, knowledge and experience than you do. These people DO exist.

When we venture across ideas and perspectives we strongly disagree with and want to bash on ideas or the messengers behind them – try pausing and thinking first.

I’m going to expand a little bit further here.

Your education does not mean you will be able to handle a real life emergency situation or in the moment know how to.

Your training does not mean you will always know of or be able to do the right thing every time.

Your life experience and other life knowledge does not correlate with your ability to respond well.

You could have 3 masters degrees, but if you cannot communicate or put yourself in other’s shoes – your expertise is useless. You must be able to accept that others are different and their way of thinking may be different and if you want to help in a situation, you must be able to communicate at their level.

You could have 30 years of experience, perhaps as an educator or business manager, and perhaps you had First Aid/CPR training, but if you in the moment cannot control your own emotions, your own thoughts in the time of crisis – you are of ZERO help.

You could speak ten languages, but if you cannot embrace other ideas, other ways of living (cultural differences), you cannot relate or recognize unique differences that may be causing someone’s life or death situation.

You could be ten years old and have better self-control, thinking and decision making skills than the five adults surrounding an unconscious person who are panicking, clueless, and arguing over whose calling for help.

It is not about traditional education. It is not about your training or your job title.

It is HOW YOU RESPOND to life when life happens.

The very person you despise most, the very person you are afraid of most, the very ideas that you disagree with most – might in fact sometimes be the very resource you need.

 A great example:

Say a group of adults (all with the same medical condition) are out camping. And one person in the group suddenly begins to experience a life or death situation with that medical condition. Everyone is educated. Everyone has the life experience. Everyone likely has similar training. If everyone in this group panics, freezes, or overreacts – do you think the person in need is going to receive the medical help they need?

The one difference that separates people in life, in everything, is how they are able to respond to life itself.

You don’t have to have 25 years of experience, five degrees hanging on your wall, three fancy titles behind your name or be the one with the issue to be able to approach and handle life successfully.

You do need to be able to respond well.

A calm, thinking ten year can easily follow directions from an emergency dispatcher.

A calm, observing, thinking adult (who may or may not have thoughts and ideas and beliefs that are traditional about whatever), can quickly and fairly easily – set themselves aside and be of help.

So if you are one who is quick to judge, blame, and tirade against anything and anyone so very different from you, take a deep breath. Take a moment to really reflect. You never know when you might need help or what form true help will arrive in.

Would you rather have five adults freaking out standing over you while you are having a serious emergency or one unique thinker who is calm, observing and really able to provide you with assistance?

[Yes, there are people who would rather have the five incapable adults who have titles and ‘knowledge’ helping them than someone vastly different then they are.]

As we go about our days, when we come across people and things that we disagree with or frustrates us, it is good to take a deep breath and do an internal observation about what is really going on.

Is our issue really with the other person or idea? Or is it stemming from an internal emotion like fear or anger?

Is getting worked up over it going to be beneficial? Or would a calm, thoughtful approach work better?

Just because someone else has different thoughts, ideas and perspectives on things, does not mean that is how they live their personal lives or how they approach their professions.

Consider other thoughts, ideas, questions and perspectives.

And appreciate the people in your life who DO, and who are willing to live life at a higher level, and set themselves aside to contribute to their communities, especially in times of need.

For more in this Awareness series:

Part One – The Beginnings of Awareness

Great Ways to Respond

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