Featured below is an excerpt from a recent blog by BluEra’s Catherine Bell on the Enneagram in Business website. In the blog, Catherine recounts her own experience of the recent floods in Alberta. In the full blog (available here) Ginger Lapid-Bogda goes on to discuss the implications of Catherine’s Enneagram type on her experience, as well as discussing a time in her past which touched upon her Enneagram type’s fears.
Having participated and experienced being in one of Canada’s largest natural disasters, I am wondering how many people really know their neighbors, and are you focused on your most important priorities with presence?
On summer solstice 2013, when the moon was very close to the earth, our home town was flooded, one of Canada’s economic hubs. The areas around the Elbow River and Bow River were filled with absolute raging, frigid, unforgiving water. Ten percent of Calgary’s population was evacuated, over 100,000 people.
We were in France. We received the call….”I am in your basement” from Jay Simmons, a neighbor up the hill, dear friend, local serial entrepreneur, and Calgary Maverick. In the days prior, he project managed our house, removing everything from the basement. All the photo albums, drenched art work, furniture, and the children’s toys. Hundreds of unknown faces entered our community to lend a helping hand, in any way they could, unasked, yet they heard our call for assistance. Scenes from the city were bleak and desperate. A river was running down our street, a number of blocks from the actual river. Houses destroyed, bridges demolished by the power of the water. Our company was closed due to flooding for one week, in the downtown of one of Canada’s economic hubs. Clubs opened their doors to help. The local church invited the community in for meals and represented everything good in a church. The river’s flow called out something greater in all of us.
The Stampede is one of the biggest parties in the world, according to CNN. The Stampede grounds flooded just 14 days away from one of the greatest outdoor shows on earth, which has a significant impact on our city’s businesses. Our cowboy spirit rallied and we emerged because of our love of humanity and community. We pulled up our cowboy boots and dusted them off, and we held the greatest outdoor show on earth, with thanks to hundreds of nameless volunteers. I know my neighbors and I don’t know the hundreds of people who came to the aid of our community.
In business, do you know your neighbors, I mean, really know them? If you shake hands with someone new every day, you never know what may emerge.
Are you focused on what is important to you right now? Many of my neighbors actually feel sorry for those not in the flood, as the level of presence during the tragedy was at an all time high. To experience a natural disaster is both a blessing and a curse. It depends on the moment of your experience. I take away a belief in a higher calling for humankind, one of generosity, compassion, and connectedness.Practice putting your energy into what is important to you.
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