After a home game the Detroit Lions lineup is typically served a post-game meal in the tunnel leading to the locker room at Ford Field. The food is well flavored and filling, satisfying to large men who worked hard on a physical level for 2.5 or 3 hours. The players look forward to the grub and camaraderie.
Last week there was a video showing the large metal warming oven holding the meal . . .on fire. The entire warmer was enveloped in flames. No food. No sustenance for these hungry men.
As the video clip advanced, a woman dressed in white showed up. With her hand on her hip, she looked at the burning mess, waved a towel at the flames and shook her head. A crisis in the making. But she was not upset. She was not stuck. She was unflappable. She was an everyday hero. And I am confident she had an alternative to the fiasco she saw right before her eyes.
I think we have all been in a situation when we were in the middle of a catastrophe. Perhaps it’s a child’s birthday party. And the septic system fails during the festivities. Maybe a bride decides to cut corners and picks up her own wedding cake on the big day. The cake’s in the car and suddenly the light turns red. She slams on the brakes. Cake, frosting and support plate goes flying all over the inside of the car. Or a traveler drives across an icy bridge. Suddenly the car has no traction. On the other side of the bridge, the driver loses control and the car rolls over three times, coming to rest on its wheels. No one is hurt, but the vehicle is totaled.
At these “disastrous” times, we have choices. We can choose to be stuck and bemoan our fate, making the situation worse and worse with each remembrance. Or use the motto of the 60’s and 70’s and “go with the flow.” Be unstuck. Problem-solving will be easier when we can think clearly and tap into our inner resources. No more crisis or catastrophe. We’re moving on.
How about you? Are you an everyday hero? Choose to live unstuck. #Unstuck Living