Definitely, no life would completely be without challenges. Every day, we are faced with some challenges as we carry out with our normal duties. But sometimes, some situations can even change the way you walk as soon as they come your way. For some, you may even breakdown. But the question is, what do you do when you are faced with some unusual challenges? Your immediate reactions, if not carefully carried out, could even worsen the outcome.
Let me share this true story with you. I believe you would agree with me that the 9/11 incident (world trade center attack) was a terrible incident. But i always asked myself that, what would have been my immediate reaction, as the then President Bush, when he was informed of the attack?
President George W. Bush was informed by his chief of staff Andrew Card of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a school reading event in Sarasota, Florida. Ten years later, one of the kids who was there in that class, Chantal Guerrero, told Time magazine that to this day she’s grateful that Bush — obviously profoundly upset about something that Card had told him — maintained his composure and stayed with the students until the book they were reading, The Pet Goat, was finished. “I think the President was trying to keep us from finding out,” Guerrero said, “so we all wouldn’t freak out. (www.news.yahoo.com on 9/11 edition)
The former President kept his composure, focused on the main reason with Kids until they finished reading the book. Seriously, this was an issue that one would have reacted by screaming or even stood up in an attempt to find immediate solution, but he remained calm thinking of what to do next.
If the results of his calmness were the war on Afghanistan and Iraq, one may not know, but the main point here is that the actions you put up right after receiving a heart breaking news, could make you indirectly affect those around you very negatively and even expose what a leader you are!
Just be a man, in times of difficulties!
Written by Prince Baah-Duodu for www.baahduodu.wordpress.com