Going Into Crisis Mode…

Posted: July 14, 2007 in attitude, challenge, change, clips, crisis management, faith, Me, personal, plans, problems

How do you handle a crisis? Does it resemble the woman in the video below? [Watch before reading further]

If you handled a crisis in this manner you would probably be justified. But she wasn’t dealing with a crisis, she was dealing with a minor annoyance.

Now how many of us turn each minor annoyance into a major crisis? How often do we get an impulse, find out we can’t gratify it, and act like the world is coming to an end?
Sometimes it results from, whether a lack of self-discipline, poor impulse control, or a world image that turns our wants into the most important things in our me-centered universe. Whatever the cause, the consequences are the same.

Think about the last time you went into crisis mode. Really, think about it.

  1. Were your decision making skills enhanced or impaired?
  2. Did you end up regretting choices you made after the fact?
  3. Overall, how did you feel during and after the crisis?

My own answers to the questions above: Impaired, Yes, and Awful. Share your answers in the comment section.
Is there a way to avoid this kind of pain and regret? Yes, there is. The way to prevent the pain caused by panic mode is avoiding it entirely (or at the least limiting it).

Prevention can be found in the acquisition of two virtues- patience and humility. These virtues are a blessing at all times of life, but especially when facing troubles. With patience comes the dual understanding that “this too shall pass” and the knowledge that Solomon was correct when he wrote, “there is nothing new under the sun.”

What has been will be again,
what has been done will be done again;
there is nothing new under the sun. -Ecclesiastes 1:9

When we understand that everything has a season, and all troubles will eventually come to an end we find that there is no reason to panic. In addition, we must realize that whatever situation we face, someone, somewhere has faced the same problem. And I can almost guarantee you that at least one of those folks figured out how to handle it without panic and without going into crisis mode. You can do it too!

The second virtue, humility, frees us from the grip of self-conceit that puts our own desires at the center of our  universe. If a desire goes unfulfilled, it isn’t the end of the world. If you don’t get your way, or someone offends you, your world won’t be shattered. As long as your wants and desires remain at the center of who you are, you will find much discontentment and worry.

As an added benefit, find humility and you will discover contentment. Contentment with what you have. Liberation from the need to keep up with your neighbors. Find joy in what you already have.

I suggest applying the Tenth Commandment to your life. It will allow you to focus on what you are already blessed with- and thereby remove the shackles of desire and lust.

No lusting after your neighbor’s house—or wife or servant or maid or ox or donkey. Don’t set your heart on anything that is your neighbor’s. Exodus 20:17 (The Message).

Remember this the next time you feel crisis mode coming on. When you feel that cold sweat, when your mind drifts constantly to your troubles, remember these words written by Rudyard Kipling.

IF YOU can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise: If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;
If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim,
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Rudyard Kipling.

  1. Joseph says:

    Great topic and post. The poem of Rudyard Kipling is one of my favorites. I could be mistaken, but I do not believe that Kipling was a Christian, but the virtues expoused in the poem seem to be. Reminescent of the great contributer to Neil’s blog, Theobromophile!


  2. isaacme says:

    Wow. what a conversation. I feel so sorry for that poor dispatch lady. Man. Great post and great point man. Keeping our cool is so important. I know a lot of people who are normaly very nice people but when they’re in the car their totaly different. Keeping your cool all the time is so important.

  3. Reminescent of the great contributer to Neil’s blog, Theobromophile!

    Thank you, Joseph! 🙂

  4. Stiletto says:

    “When we understand that everything has a season”

    Do you mean reason? lol

    “Think about the last time you went into crisis mode. Really, think about it.

    1. Were your decision making skills enhanced or impaired?
    2. Did you end up regretting choices you made after the fact?
    3. Overall, how did you feel during and after the crisis?”

    1. Impaired
    2. Yes
    3. After two Advils I started to come around. That was one wicked bottle of wine!

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