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Triumph and Tragedy

Do you have a life disaster plan?

April 21, 2011
Maui Weekly

Although it is pleasurable to participate in a triumphant procession, it’s important to know how to respond when rain falls on that parade.

This week, Christians who observe the Julian and Gregorian Calendars celebrate Holy Week. The week begins on a note of triumph (Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem) and ends with a tragedy (the crucifixion on Friday and the entombment on Saturday).

Adherents of other faiths will witness the annual observance, as well as practitioners of agnostic and atheistic beliefs.

Picture in your mind British and French military officers observing the great battles of the Civil War (1861-1865) from a distance. Holy week—like a major battle—is a cultural and international phenomenon.

There exists a lesson here for individuals pursuing a path of success. Triumph is the desirable end state. Most folks seek plenty of revenue, career satisfaction, satisfying relationships, mental clarity, good physical health and spiritual vitality. Most prefer a victory parade without rain and clear skies with ample sunshine.

Sometimes people or events may put a damper on your the parade, and tragedy reigns as grand marshal.

Sunday or Monday might begin with a bull market; Friday or Saturday concludes with a bear market when a stock crisis hits like a tsunami.

A good, trusted friend betrays us. Mental discord follows. Health wanes. Loss of faith and hope darkens the human spirit.

Have you a disaster plan as part of your overall life plan? Your personal and professional emergency preparedness plan should include resiliency, endurance, strength through adversity, and the ability to re-build after a crisis.

As Paul Harvey said, “And now the rest of the story.” Your story need not end in tragedy. More to follow in my next column.



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