How do you feel about living in the most peaceful times in modern history? (Maybe you weren’t aware that this is the case in most places on this planet?) Yes, there is a lot of misery in many places and yes, horrible things happen. But what is interesting is how we respond.
Maybe you heard what happened in my hometown Stockholm a few weeks ago. Yes, many want to react and call out the “T” word. “Terrorism has reached Stockholm!” In fact, it was one man, in his deep need to feel significant, who acted out. (Yes, we all need to feel significant somehow.)
Yes, he drove a truck through a crowd and killed 4 people. Not a difficult thing to do. And he wouldn’t have done it if someone else hadn't done it before him, and he wouldn’t have done it if he had grown up seeing the world with different eyes, feeling loved and having learned to be significant in different ways.
Will it happen again? Very likely. Especially due to the copycat syndrome, and for the fact that he actually succeeded in becoming somewhat significant in his and some other people’s views.
But this article is not about that man or his belief system. This is about the difference between reacting and responding. I have written about it many times as it is the foundation for peak performance. In my interview with George Mumford (mental coach for the Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers in the Phil Jackson era) we talked about it also.
How do you respond in an empowering way to a challenge in life, whether on the sports field on stage, or in other situations in life? How do you respond to a crisis? How can we respond in ways that empower us and other people? How can we respond bringing unity rather than react in anger and creating more resistance?
The people of Stockholm responded beautifully.It was largely inspired and organized by Damon Rasti – an immigrant who grew up in a war-torn country, who so deeply appreciates the love and acceptance he has received coming to the country of Sweden. Because of his deep gratitude for what the country has given him, he wanted to express that gratitude and bring people together. In less than 40 hours, 25,000 people came together, in addition to everyone watching on TV.
And up on stage stepped Sarah Dawn Finer…
Ladies and gentlemen, here’s a great example of how a voice and a guitar, together with a big heart, well crafted words and a melody, can inspire and move a nation – to feel gratitude, love, and to be moving on.
Thank you people of Stockholm, Damon Rasti and Sarah Dawn Finer.
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