For the last week or so, Irma has been on my mind. Like that Ray Charles song, Georgia, Irma has been not only on my mind, but on everyone’s mind.

I can hear Ray singin it true in the back of my mind as we have been treated to all day, every day about Irma:  Where it is headed? What it is doing? What the likely the destruction will be? Are the forecasts correct? Should you evacuate? Did you get your supplies? And so on, and so on and so on…

Irma, Irma… no peace I find.
Just an old sweet song keeps Irma on my mind…On my mind. On my mind. On my mind.

If I wanted to be part of the world group think that was going on, I could have just jumped aboard the band wagon. It would be easy. Like a great vacuum cleaner our attention was sucked into the media vortex that was Irma all day, every day.

Except what if I didn’t want to swim with the crowd? What if I wanted to swim upstream? What if I wanted to turn off the constant updates, and the latest forecasts and just sit with my family and play cards, board games, and forget for an hour or so, that a monster of a storm was headed in my direction?

I learned that if you go against the tide, push the rock uphill, swim against the current, the sheer effort and energy it takes will cause you, in the end to be overtaken by the force of the crowd if you don’t take precautions. The crowd is that powerful.

What’s a lone ranger to do when against my best intentions, I succumb to the fear mongering that had my relatives half way across the world in Greece so freaked out that they were scolding my mom for not calling them with updates?

Media people. There is this thing called responsibility, and you tend to cross that line in favor of chasing after an epic story. Be responsible with what you share.

For example, there was some areas in St. John’s County that received flooding, and a lot of damage. Our hearts and prayers go out to those families. But when you share only that story and not the 3/4 of the county that did just fine, you manipulate perception and cause undue worry and stress.

There is this concept called equal time. Maybe instead of spreading all the doom and gloom about how Florida is going to fall off the face of the map, you share about the amazing people in our town and in the world, who step up and help make the world a better place.

When you do that, Irma on my mind, becomes not a warning siren for helplessness, but a siren call for hope, help and humanity.

Just my two cents on this Thursday…a week after Irma took over the airways and our lives.

Tomorrow, I will have a guest writer on my blog who is an amazing individual. Christina Wallace is a fellow coach and all around inspiring teacher, mom and role model. She will be writing about “How to Get Unstuck & Surrender.”  You will learn more about her and can read her article tomorrow.

Despite what the news may tell you, you got this. Leave a comment, ask a question, I am here to help.

Thanks for reading, and until next time,

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