Volume # 1-9, October 2005


Mandatory Evacuation


    Larry Thompson



Dear Member:


As we all were reminded recently, evacuating an area where a hurricane may strike is a smart thing.  And when you think about it, evacuating an area where any problem or disaster is looming is a smart thing.


Most of us will never be in the path of a Category 5 hurricane but we each, at some point in our life, will be standing in the middle of our own personal storm.  It may be a large storm or small storm, but nevertheless, it will be our own storm.  And it will be important to each of us.  When it arrives, we might need to get away for a while.


Sometimes when I am worried, polarized, or lost in a problem, I get up, walk away, and stop thinking about it.  When I return with a fresh perspective, the answer or solution becomes more clear. Temporarily removing yourself physically, mentally or emotionally from a situation can offer objectivity.

When Taylor, my three-year-old daughter, gets overwhelmed with frustration and starts to wail herself into a tantrum, my wife, Kelly, holds her gently and says, "Let's breathe slowly and take a time out." She holds her close and gives her time to think about what is happening.  She assures her all will be okay. Taylor calms down and returns to being her sweet self. Now, when Taylor starts to panic, she says, "Mommy, I need a time out."


Sometimes the only way to gain perspective is to lose it. When faced with a dilemma or crisis, try employing my 4-point EXIT THEORY:


     E - Evacuate your mind. Take a break.
     X - "X" marks the spot where you don't want to be. Move.
     I -  Interest yourself in other people. Stop thinking about yourself.
     T - Take a fresh approach when you return.

Exercise:  Create a new reality for yourself. Break your daily routine. Take a mandatory evacuation of a problem and return to see yourself through the eyes of the person you can become.


That's What It's All About:  With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person that almost went unnoticed.  Larry LaPrise, the man who wrote "The Hokey Pokey," died peacefully at the age of 83. The most traumatic part for his family was keeping him in the coffin. They put his left leg in... And then the trouble started.


Come on...You know that's funny. We all deserve a little laugh right now.


See you on Life's Red Carpet!


Larry Thompson
Global Motivator and Author of SHINE



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