Individuals that specialize in trauma care understand the critical nature of the immediate. There can be many things wrong; not everything can or needs to be done now! Life pivots on the decisions and priorities applied in each moment. In hindsight, it may all seem clear, obvious, and simple. Yet, in the crisis at hand, nothing is clear or obvious.
As I watch individuals and corporations react to unfolding surprises, it is clear that panic feeds panic. The lessons found in a trauma center can be applied to any situation. My point is not to recount the specifics, rather to remind others as well as myself about the approach.
First, uncertainty and life threatening unknowns are a part of life. The fact that I do not acknowledge or even realize the risks are present does not change the reality that your life and mine is at risk in Evil's hand.
Second, assessing and resolutely focusing on the high priorities in life is paramount if we are to live. Too often, I lose sight of my priorities. I seemingly misplace them. If I want to live, fully and completely live realizing everything life offers, I will understand and hold onto them as if my life depends on it.
Third, one cannot simply rest. One must intentionally be and act. Knowing and understanding are a beginning, but never enough. One must engage in the present. This may mean we ignore personal grievances and focus on our mission with Divinity. We may be asked to let go of anger and dispense compassion for another. At times, the story of the moment is not all about “me”.
Jesus confronted an enemy. It was a perfect opportunity to exercise justice, deliver an eye for an eye, and yet his words reflected his higher priorities. “I am Jesus, the One you're hunting down. I want you to get up and enter the city. In the city you'll be told what to do next.” (Acts 9.6) In that life and ours, it is a call that repeats daily. Life turns on our response.
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