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What To Do When The Power Goes Out

July 7, 2015 , , , , ,

When the Power Goes OutEver notice what happens to people when the power goes out?!

Some people panic, run around in circles, turn into Lucy Goosey and their sky is falling. Phone isn’t working, Computer is down. Guess they can’t work. Frozen in the “victim zone!” (NOTE TO SELF: pitch this to Jason Newman as a reality TV show idea)

Then there are others who sit back, relax and assess the situation. Dive into action. Any action! Call an electrician, check the fuse box, make sure everyone in the building is ok and see what their situation is. Use the bathroom anyway by the light of their cell phone. Light a match! Turn on a flashlight. Take advantage of this tech free moment and get some filing done. You know, those pesky 8-1/2 x 11 things that need to go into a drawer?! Read an article in their pile of “shit-I’ve-been-meaning-to-read-but-haven’t-gotten-to-for-a-year-pile.” Write some thank you notes to colleagues, employees or clients. Yes, handwritten notes, remember those?! Leave and go get that pedi they haven’t had time for–and by the time they get back the power is restored.

This phenomenon isn’t isolated to power outages only. The same behavior can be observed during funerals, births, weddings and natural disasters. Whenever people are jolted outside their comfort zone, they choose one of two roads, Victim or Owner. The first ends up at Pitiful Junction at Flo’s Woe As Me Diner. The second at Action Pass with the sun on their back and a smile on their face. Victim stays put. Owner moves forward. Always!

The obvious, or not-so-obvious, takeaway here is this: When faced with a challenging situation who do you become–Lucy Goosey or Sally Take Charge? Were you “her” already? Does your behavior during a crisis mirror your every day persona? Be honest here, this is a judgement-free zone.

I believe everything that happens is for your benefit—what you choose to do with the time is up to you.

So, next time the power goes out, make the most of it. In every situation lives an opportunity!

Action, party of one!

Stay sane, my friends.




P.S. Curious, have you observed the victim/owner distinction lately? In yourself or someone else? Humorous observations? Feel free to share in the comments below or pass this post along to someone you know who could use a boost, a laugh or a mind shift. Cheers!



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Which way I go in an emergency or generally difficult situation varies: sometimes I panic other times I don’t :p That’s the case with most people, no? Power outages don’t freak me out though. When you grow up in tropical Pakistan where scheduled power outages called ‘load shedding’ happen 10-12 hours every single day (especially in the summer when temperatures are normally in the 110F range), than once in a while power outages in the much more milder climate of USA tend to not bother you too much!

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The JellyFish

July 7, 2015

I agree with you! Depends on the situation, for sure. If there’s blood and an exposed bone, I turn into Bambi in headlights. If it’s emotional and personal, I’m a rock star. The power outage was a random experience that I decided to use for a metaphor. However, you bring up a good point…growing up in tropical Pakistan is a much different experience than anything I’ve experienced. Makes me so grateful! I appreciate you sharing that.

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Allison DeFord

July 20, 2015

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