Sometimes life can get a bit anxious. Staying calm can help us maneuver through the rough water we encounter. Life can throw alot of enexpected challenges our way. Research has proven that when we begin to panic we actually reduce our field of vision. In other words we are unable to take in as much information as is available because our brain is shutting down to new inputs. The answer is to stay calm. But that isn’t always easy to do. Preparing is critical if we want to avoid panic during a critical episode. Having a contingency plan is one we can prepare. So is talking with our family about all the “what if’s.” Do you have an home fire escape plan? Have you spoken to your children about what to do if there is a house fire at night? What about a “go bag” if you live in an area prone to earthquakes, floods or fires? Think about it, talk about it with your family and make some plans. I hope this story helps you think more about how to stay calm when the next challenge comes your way.
Published by Bobbie Scopa
I've been a wildland and municipal firefighter for over 40 years. I've held positions from firefighter up through the ranks to Chief and above. Over the years I've gathered many surprising and funny stories. Most have a good leadership lesson for all of us. I hope you enjoy them. View all posts by Bobbie Scopa