Idealist... "I am waiting for my Fairy God Mother to come and save me."
Realist... "Your Fairy God Mother called, she isn't coming."
In the end, the Idealist becomes the Realist. The Realist becomes the Idealist!
When you are traumatized, it is similar to losing a close loved one. At first you do not believe it. Then you do not accept it, however you do not approve of it. Then you accept it, however you are very angry. Then you want to blame someone. When you are traumatized, you have no expectations. You hope your fairy God Mother comes to save you.
After Katrina, our Fairy God Mother came in the form of the Canadians, the first responders, The Military Pilots flying giant helicopters saving lives off roof tops and trees. The Military Pilots risking their lives to carry giant sand bags for miles to block the six breaks in the levy. Had they not risked their lives the entire city would have been under water?
The Salvation Army and the Red Cross giving out Ready to eat Military meals. People from Churches came from everywhere to help in any way possible. Law students from across America came to council people.
Librarians, led by Laura Bush, from across America and Canadians came to restore Public and school Libraries. Utilitiy Companies came from across America to restore Cable TV, telephone, electric, gas, and water. They slept in their trucks, ate ready to eat military meals. Police and Firemen left their families and came to help in anyway possible .
Insurance adjusters came under unbelievable circumstances trying to settle claims. The people that came wrote to their congress person and senators to pass the Road Home bill.
So many wonderful people came to help and they still come. They sleep in Churches and schools. The young Lutherans came twice for their gathering at the Superdome. They worked all over the city with unleashed energy and wearing colored shirts doing everything and anything.
Now visitors and conventioneers come to enjoy our city once again. They could not do more for us. More then fifty thousand hospitality workers depend on our visitors.
It is good to believe that your Fairy God Mother is coming. However while you're praying, grab a broom and maybe a mop and do something. Maybe clean the drain in front of your home. Call a neighbor and offer to help them.
Our Fairy God Mother helps those who try to help themselves. Sometimes we must ask for help. However before we ask, we must tell them why we want help.
The best tellers are the best sellers, however telling is not selling. Asking for the check with the order is selling. If we just ask, they may say, "Are you trying to be cute?"
Our number one survival skill is to run as fast as you can run. Look for someone that has greater problems then you. Focus on serving them. Your problems will shrink or disappear.
Copyright © 2010 Mike Marino, Jr.
Mike Marino, Jr. "In Person" is a human resource speaker, trainer, consultant and author. His upbeat and positive attitude, along with real world experiences and wisdom, delight and enlighten audiences worldwide. Be sure to stop by his website: http://mikemarinojrinperson.com
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