The only thing we have to fear is fear itself. ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt
In the 1932 Presidential election, FDR spoke with optimism of the possibilities the American people had in front of them. This was seen by many as unbridled optimism because of the reality of the Great Depression but it was this attitude that pulled a nation and her people forward. Remarkable things happen when remarkable people set their heart and mind to making it happen.
I read a CBC report this morning that was shared by Imagine Canada on Face Book entitled “Flood donations could hurt other charities, expert warns; Fundraising for Calgary and area disaster cleanup might see other groups get less” The fear and fear mongering was palpable. The reporter and experts interviewed begin with a first principal of scarcity; scarcity of resources, scarcity of imagination, scarcity of opportunity and scarcity of generousity.
I see something else – Abundance, Potential, Community. Scarcity serves bureaucracies, umbrella organizations, and governments because it fosters dependence. Abundance empowers individuals, families, groups, and communities.
The outpouring of support across Calgary and southern Alberta had been remarkable and some would say unexpected and unprecedented. While it has been heartening in its scale, it is what a community does. When proximity and urgency meet, citizens step forward and take immediate, relevant and concrete action to mitigate, reduce or eliminate the results of the crisis. The City of Calgary called for 600 volunteers and 10,000 showed up. MissionPossible2 asked for hands and hearts to go to High River and the busses were overfilled. Thousands of ‘disorganized neighbours’ jumped in and pulled carpet, shovelled mud, carried rubbish, and got dirty. It isn’t that we ask too much of people, it is that we expect too little.
Yes, there has been a huge financial commitment made to support victims of the once in a hundred year flood but that generousity has flowed from newly open and empowered hearts. These hearts are attached to heads and hands that will be seeking new ways to make a real difference in their world. Abundance isn’t about infinite time or resources – it is about priority. For thousands of people, community has moved up the priority list. For action focused, solution minded groups and organizations; this is a door opening to as yet unimagined results.
In the 1804 Presidential election, Thomas Jefferson’s campaign was based on his belief that every citizen given the opportunity and circumstances will take care of himself, his family and his community. I believe that about all Albertans and Calgarians in particular. Act fearlessly. Ask boldly – respond remarkably. Make community a priority and be amazed by the impact.
Make Today Remarkable
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