What If We're NOT In Crisis?

  • Posted on: 7 April 2011
  • By: Margaux

Not long ago EJ Dionne wrote an article in the Washington Post entitled "What if we're not broke?" He explained how federal, state and local governments tend to use "we're broke!" as an excuse to make outrageous legislative changes that would never otherwise fly. He says that "A phony metaphor is being used to hijack the nation’s political conversation and skew public policies...."

The presence of a crisis gives us permission to take bold action. A crisis lets us feel okay about reacting to a situation, rather than driving it proactively. A crisis is sometimes an excuse to do something we would not otherwise be brave enough to do. A crisis -- when it throws us into shock -- can blind us to wrongs we may be inflicting on others.

A crisis is a bit like a trump card -- it changes the rules. But not necessarily for the better -- it makes us slave to the rules. It makes the rules -- those changed rules -- the boss, and gives us permission to be subservient to that boss.

Is that what we want? Is that what will move us to where we want to be? Or is it just a way to hide our own boldness?

On a personal level, I have recently realized that I have a tendency like this. I invent problems in order to give myself an excuse not to succeed at something, or not to be the best I can be. It's almost as if I'm afraid of what might happen if I actually achieve a goal.

I challenge you to be bold. Don't make excuses. Don't hide from what you really want to do. Do it. Own it. Make your world yours, and help make change where you see fit.

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