You never know when a change crash will hit you and what the impact will be. Though seemingly things move on and get back to business as usual, something in you has changed. You didn’t invite it, seek it out and would not have asked for it and yet, here it is.
This morning, I left my house and drove a few blocks to run a couple of household errands before my next set of appointments. I parked my car and walked on the side walk you see in the picture. Except this hadn’t happened yet.
I had just gotten inside the store and was about to start searching for items. I stopped for a moment and took notice of the long line of customers checking out. Interested in this, I thought quickly about how busy the store was and how many people were gathered at the front of the store.
All of the sudden a huge explosion sounded–glass, dirt, shelves were flying and tumbling down around us.
I froze for a second and then my brain went to its usual place. I asked if folks around me were alright, and people were moving to help the cashier who was underneath the pile of rubble. My mind went to who? how? where? will it happen again?
So I walked through the door just outside to see who or what had caused this and, if needed, to alert folks inside more was coming.
Shocked, but uninjured, the owner of the car sat trying to figure out what had just happened.
Moments, choices, decisions, accidents, oversights–yours or someone else’s can create a change crash directed your way. You just happened to be in the space and place at the same time.
It’s not what happens to you in these moments but what you do next. How you respond, support yourself and others, manage the fall out for those around you.
At the moment, I’m feeling pretty grateful for my safety and for the safety of those around me. Grateful to those who respond to these kind of change crashes mindfully, kindly, and with best of intentions for all who just happened to be in this moment together.