In this strange and stressful moment, every day can feel like a new emergency to tackle. We might be putting out the fires in our personal lives, trying to resuscitate a business faltering due to the pandemic, or working to keep little flare-ups in our political conversations from becoming four-alarm blazes that will burn the whole damned forest down.
Drawing on the well of wisdom gained from over thirty years as a first-responder in Santa Fe, Hersch Wilson’s book, Firefighter Zen, is a beautiful, poignant, and timely book I recently narrated that aims to equip us with the mindset and mental models of those who successfully navigate emergencies for a living. Highly recommended!
“If we accept life for what it is, with no illusions, if we can keep our perspective when all around us individuals are losing theirs, if we take as fact that we will suffer and grieve, and finally, if we deeply commit to the understanding that the highest calling is service to others, then we have a shot at finding joy.
This is what being a volunteer firefighter has taught me, and I want to share these lessons with you.
Be brave. Be kind. Fight fires.”
I’m super grateful for all the folks out there who are working on the frontlines to defend critical thinking and dispel all of the disinformation coursing through the Interwebs these days. One new hero of mine in this effort is Kirby Ferguson.
Last night I watched his brilliant new documentary, This Is Not a Conspiracy Theory. It not only traces the conspiracy theory phenomenon back to antiquity it also offers a powerful set of tools for immunizing yourself and those you love from all those psychic viruses out there.
I love to see technology being cleverly leveraged to help us become smarter or healthier people. This super cool ARG app which was developed by Six to Start in conjunction with the UK’s NHS and Department of Health does just that.
“The Walk encourages people to move more — and helps alleviate the boredom of exercise — through a gripping story and immersive gameplay. Like a great soap opera or drama, you’ll want to find out what happens next in the story, and the only way to do that is to get up off the sofa.”
Not surprisingly, I also dig it because voice acting drives the story!