Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Like many others, I keep mental roster titled, 'Those I Admire.'
Until recently, however, I totally overlooked a big one! Well, not a "one", exactly -- rather, thousands of them.
Normally unseen, these individuals' voices convey such an amazing sense of calm.
Do you recall hearing of that near-miss over one of our nation's largest airports a few weeks ago?
What struck me the most was the sound-bite of Air Traffic Control, calmly redirecting the incoming aircraft to #-blah#-blah#-blah#.
.... as if she were reciting a weather forecast.
Later to DH:
"I'd probably been screaming, Get out-a the way! Turn right!, No, my right!" (That's presuming I could even form a sentence.)
And the 911 operators! Goodness. In spite of my absurd fascination with emergency responders, I'd be a poor candidate.
The list goes on......
Privately, I used to believe those individuals were emotionally removed from the rest of us. OK, I'll say it out-loud: Dispassionate.
One of my closest allies at work is a former paramedic/fire fighter. Despite our camaraderie, I was suspect of K's oddball sense of humor, even sarcasm, recalling emergency scenarios. Finally one day she admitted, "If you allow something to 'get' to you, even for a minute, you're finished.
Then, "One can help ... or be part of the problem."
So simple, really. They've the ability to control their emotions.
While there's little chance I'll be changing my stripes at this stage of the game, I'm incredibly grateful for those with calmer heads!