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What do you do, when you hear about disasters?

2011-03-26 16:45 (comments: 0)

The News are full of drama, disaster and devastating stories! We all get affected and often it looks like there is not much positive happening in the world anymore. After talking with many people about how they are coping with challenges and difficult situations I found three kinds of people:

Those who twitter and Facebook and communicate in all possible ways about the disasters like right now in Japan and get all worked up and feel very empathetic, sometimes devastated and often involved … how do they help? Emotionally they feel very connected with the people there … do these people have any benefit or help from them? The spectators go through many emotional highs and lows (excitement – positive or negative) – are they really effected – other then through their own thoughts? They put themselves in the picture and then feel the imagined pain.

Then I see the people who stay away from the drama. They are focussing on their own life, don’t absorb all the news, the picture of devastation and the discussions and heated emotions from the media and some of their friends – are they ignorant? Would their interest in the News change something here or in Japan? Do they just stick their head in the sand and wait until it is over? Are they selfish or do they focus their attention and actions to the area where they can have an impact – their own life?

Then there are the people who take action. They go to the place where the disaster has happened and help find people, distribute food etc. They organize money to help or donate themselves what is needed. They look for the lessons learned and get involved to improve the future. These people are focussed on the doing rather than the talking and often the emotions come after they did what they could do as they where concentrated on what can be done rather than on what has happened – they are solutions focussed not drama focussed. They truly get involved.

It does not matter if we are talking about Tsunamis, Financial Crisis or Terror Attacks, all of them are devastating and once they have happened, we can not “undo” them! The pain starts as soon as we hold on to the belief that they should not have happened! Reality is – they did happen! We where not able to control them, which does not mean that we can not try to learn more and maybe are able to predict or manage them in the future! If you have a chance to role up our sleeves and help, then do so! If you can give support in any way, then do so! What we can do right now is manage our mind and our emotions – choose a focus that is empowering and helping us or the victims. Don’t get lost in the drama, don’t feed into the drama, but make a choice to step up to your life or situation right now and look for opportunity, solutions or the learning in each moment. That makes you resourceful and allows you to contribute in a positive way … in your life here or in the crisis areas all over the world – that is your choice!



I always tried to turn every disaster into an opportunity.


John D. Rockefeller


Acceptance is not a state of passivity or inaction. I am not saying you can't change the world, right wrongs, or replace evil with good. Acceptance is, in fact, the first step to successful action. If you don't fully accept a situation precisely the way it is, you will have difficulty changing it. Moreover, if you don't fully accept the situation, you will never really know if the situation should be changed.

Peter McWilliams


The only time anyone has ever gotten into serious trouble was when he decided he could do nothing about something.

L. Ron Hubbard

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