1.a sudden, urgent, usually unexpected occurrence or occasion requiring immediate action.
2. a state, especially of need for help or relief, created by some unexpected event
I noticed in this definition, the word UNEXPECTED.
We don’t know WHEN an emergency will arise, but we DO know they will.
Knowing that, it would behoove us to think about how we will respond.
Events will happen. They will illicit a response from each of us.
What would yours be?
Do you have any guiding principles in your life that will influence your response?
If so, how will they color the situation differently?
Will your paradigms be so rocked that you are wiped out?
Or do you possess a perspective that will allow for a sound mind, a mysterious peace, and wisdom for moving forward?
A little garden analogy:
I tried to thin my lettuces and tried re-planting the tender shoots that I dug up [and I did the digging carefully!] but they were fragile and immature and their root systems were not complex or hearty enough to withstand it. The harsh experience destroyed them.
Not so, for my more developed tomato plants.
again, I moved them with care, but they had deeper roots that held to the soil around them and they were able to be uprooted, transplanted and settle in again.
True, they were in shock for a few days, and they looked about to wither for good…the leaves were slouching and the stems leeeeeaning sideways… but they made it, in fact, one especially damaged one, I re-planted sideways underground. I wondered if we’d ever see it again. It looked dire. But THAT is the one the grew countless new shoots and thrived more than all the others!
This reminds me of you and I.
We need to find a place to let our “roots” grow down deep, where they will soak up substantial nutrients, and have a depth that provides for strength, longevity, durability, and even the ability to weather and endure an emergency- an uprooting, a transplant, and re-settlement. Sometimes, we may even need to just lay low. Reconnect with what feeds us. And quietly, ever so quietly and steadily, we might grow like never before.