Saturday, April 17, 2010
Volcanic Ashes and other Emergencies
There is a game I play before I blog: I begin by randomly selecting a picture and posting it before I know what it is. Today's choice is an arch somewhere in France, in one of those mountain top towns that remind me of places I knew as a child.
That green arch at the end made me think of how we go through passages in life with confidence and faith because we identify the exit strategies, and are prepared for the journey.
The game is to relate the picture to an issue in the news.
Here is my take: the volcanic ash cloud is stopping all air traffic in Europe and in other parts of the world. How do people cope with these things?
At any moment, in our lives, something can break, someone can be injured, something can be damaged beyond repair. We must know what to do at those times, how to wait it out, or fight it out. We must have a backpack handy with exit strategies.
At school when the fire bell rang, you lined up quietly, and filed out in single line. You worried about nothing else except to reach the exit and the designated place of reunion. Go, go! That's all there was. Survival mode. You didn't whine; you didn't call your mom; you didn't blame anybody for the inconvenience.
What if I'm caught under this structure and all exits are barred?
What do I have with me that I can use?
We must all think like McGiver: a bit of string, a bobby pin, a lipstick cilinder, saliva and credit card we will concoct a communication device or a breathing device until help arrives.
You see, the more emergencies situations you experience, the more ideas you will have accumulated to prepare you for the next one. I bet we all carry our cell phone with us no-matter where we go. But, what if that ash cloud interrupted all communication?
So, are you stuck somewhere in an airport waiting for that volcanic ash cloud to dissipate? You are bound to come up with lots of exit strategies in the next week.