If you’ve flown on a commercial airliner, you’ve seen those wonderful little cards that explain what to do in case of an emergency. All the little characters look perfectly calm as they pull down oxygen masks and easily remove their seat cushion for use as the best ever flotation device.
I’ve been through the flight attendant safety presentation numerous times, but I still get a small chill when I think about preparing for impact or bracing for impact. It truly isn’t a pleasant thought.
I’ve discovered recently (been in scientific research for years) that you can’t always prepare for impact: especially the impact others have on you. Case in point – my husband’s migraines. They are wicked little devils. Karl knows a few of his main triggers and does his best to avoid them. If he is outside, he is wearing sunglasses. Too much sun in his eyes and a full blown migraine is a done deal. The trigger he has the most difficult time controlling – sleep habits. Oh the irony that a man who others look to for always being available day or night has to maintain consistent sleep patterns. Such is the life of a pastor. But the rest of the story…is that sometimes the inconsistent sleep patterns are his own choosing.
So after years of this scientific research, I’m able to inform my husband that when he chooses to purposefully mess with his sleep patterns, the family will get out their little migraine emergency cards and prepare for impact. The whole family suffers.
What is going on in your life? Are you, by your choices, forcing others to prepare for impact? Are the choices of others close to you causing you to look for a flotation device? No man is an island. As you practice intentionality in your life and in your relationships, look for how your choices could have an impact on others.