“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Picasso
This is why Brendon Burchard is called a motivational speaker. Have you ever been in a situation that called upon you to be present? When it was incumbent upon you to rise to the occasion and deal with an emergency? How did you react? Were you the Henny Penny of the group? Or were you the Brendon Burchard of the group?
I have been both. When I was 20, I dropped out of college and spent a year in Paris. Young, idealistic, broke. It was around 1 a.m., the last metro run of the night. I was riding back with my boyfriend from his sister’s upscale apartment to the very small studio we had had the good fortune of lucking into. The train was all but empty.
At a stop along the way, an attractive couple boarded the train. They looked to be in their forties. The man was in a tuxedo, and the woman in an evening gown. My guess is they had been to the Odeon Theatre. We were in our uniform of the time–ragged jeans and a t-shirt. This was not a fashion statement. This was before such attire was a fashion statement. It was what we had. We probably were a little frightening to them.
We had just pulled out of the station and were picking up speed when all of a sudden, the man dropped to the floor and lay at my feet. The woman was so shocked, she was unable to respond. I started screaming in English, demanding that my boyfriend do something. I don’t know what I thought he should do–just something. No doubt the screaming in a foreign language added to the chaos. He bent down to try to assess his condition. I continued to panic. Finally, the woman reacted by pulling the emergency stop cord. I had never even noticed the cord until then.
We did not stop immediately, But the engineer was now aware that something was wrong.
As the train started to slow, the man came to. When it stopped, my companion helped the woman lead the man off of the train and sat him on a bench. Uniformed men started to approach, and my companion jumped on board. We pulled out of the station wondering what would come of them. And I was humbled by my humiliating reaction.
That night, I learned about the power of one’s reaction in an emergency. Have I since been able to keep my wits about me during an emergency? Well, I have not been able to remain as calm as Burchard did in the experience recorded below, but I no longer wait for someone else to step in. I have been tested since. I did not stand back and scream. The adrenaline kicked in, and I handled the situation. But calm–I’m still working on that.
Our culture, our country is in a state of emergency. How are you reacting? If you want to be inspired, take 1/2 an hour and watch this clip.
I couldn’t find a clip of this video alone. You will have to scroll down to “The ‘Miracle’ at Experts Academy.”
I caught up last night with a friend. We chatted on line (I think it’s called IM–my technological prowess revealed!). I have never done that before. I prefer to hear voices and see faces, but the opportunity arose, so I jumped on board. I haven’t “spoken” with this woman in years–no need to count, but could be a decade. What I came away with is this: Women Rock!!
She is divorced, putting two kids through college, and taking care of an aging and ill mother. No overt complaints, but more importantly no implied complaints, and I didn’t sense it in her tone. She was being guided by love. She loved her children. She loved her mother. She worked in the office and then came home and worked. But she did so because she was grateful for her family.
Women throughout the centuries have lived unsung lives of service to others. No hoopla, no hullabaloo. Just women going about their days on the planet in love and grace. Women Rock!!!
In this age of superlatives, where everything seems to have to be the biggest, the best, the newest, the fastest, women go about the business of life and recognize that service is the ultimate superlative. But not service driven by duty, service born of love. Wiping the bottoms of babies and wiping the bottoms of parents too ill from chemotherapy to manage themselves, this is service born of love. There are no small roles. You are appreciated. You are loved. You are seen. You are heard. And the world is grateful.
I heard a woman interviewed on the evening news about her “great fortune” in getting one of the 17,000 tickets to attend the funeral of Michael Jackson today. She said, “I’m so excited to be able to be there; it’s history in the making.”
Every day, every moment is history in the making. YOU and everything you think and do is history in the making. Be excited for yourself. Focus on YOU.
May Michael Jackson’s soul rest in peace.