SEEING POSSIBILITY THROUGH THE PROBLEM
How we mentally approach a situation directly alters our physical response. At FPG, we encourage our clients to think with a possibility mindset to hurdle challenges. As Florence closes in on the Carolinas, we encourage everyone to adopt an altruistic mindset to help them weather this storm.
When any kind of disaster strikes it is vital for us to come together to support, inspire, and love one another. FPG works closely with homebuilding companies, an industry that is founded on a notion of hope. And that hope is being tested in times like these.
Hurricane Florence is currently making its way towards the southeast and bringing all kinds of uncertainty to the surrounding communities. In difficult times such as these, we look to people in our lives that will lend us their certainty, their hope, and their understanding.
Sometimes when we envision places in crisis, we picture people raiding grocery stores and brawling for a place in line at the gas pumps. There is a mentality that disaster provokes frenzied selfishness and survival-of-the fittest competition, but the reality is that people coping with crises are actually extremely altruistic. When Hurricane Sandy hit, the affected communities came together in a touching way that is rare to see these days. People actually left their homes after the hurricane to check in on the sick or elderly neighborhoods, sharing food and supplies.
Now is a time to come together in an altruistic way to support the lives impacted by Hurricane Florence.
At FPG, we define altruism as expecting and encouraging yourself and those around you to connect to a higher purpose and meaning with what they do. One thing I already know about you is that you have a natural tendency that drives you to care for those around you.
Author Rebecca Solnit describes the surge in altruism during disasters in her book A Paradise Built in Hell, and told the New York Times in an interview: “The great majority of people are calm, resourceful, altruistic or even beyond altruistic, as they risk themselves for others. We improvise the conditions of survival beautifully.”
Disaster will always exist in our world. But the altruistic human response that you provide for the affected people will remain consistent if you live by possibility thinking.
We have the free will to choose the possibility over the problem literally every time. We came together during September 11th, Katrina, and Harvey. And we will do the same for Florence. We will come together to reach out a hand to those in need and emerge through the floods as a united front.
Those affected by the hurricane might lose their homes, they might lose their possessions, and they will lose stability. And we will mourn for those people. Mourning is a part of the healing process. But the mourning period is not indefinite. Circumstances can dictate your feelings but should not shape your way of thinking. This is seeing the possibility through the problems.
Our brains are designed so that our stress systems during tragedy can be soothed by social support. And during disasters, our communities largely determine our fates: the more connections we have and the stronger our bonds are to each other, the more likely we are to survive, not just physically but emotionally.
It’s when we face the toughest times that our true nature reveals itself: we’re in it together.