A few years back, coincidentally at the 50th anniversary of the so-called alien landing in Roswell, NM, I was at a small family gathering which included my brother, retired Maj. Walter Lowe, US Army. I knew that my brother was building a house outside of Roswell. So I said, “Walter, we were alive at that time of the landing, how come we didn’t hear anything about it? You would think news such as that would have traveled 90 miles to Eunice NM?”
Walter said, “Linda, over 3000 people a week are visiting those little museums in Roswell, and personally, I think it could have happened.”
We had a good laugh and went on to our visit with our relatives, expats to Texas after the Civil War when there was nothing left to eat but watercress after Sherman went through north of Atlanta.
(So, I hope I just established my street cred here for disaster identifying.)
Nowadays, many seem ultra-worried into bound strength about the coming disasters. I don’t think disaster thoughts are a good motivator for taking personal action on environmental disaster, or any other potential disaster.
I mean, if you have to whip up a disaster response to throw a bottle into the recycle bin, you are going to be one miserable puppy.
Here’s what the disaster response looks like in your body: Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator.
On a scale of 1 through 10 from free flow to bound strength, we’d rather be somewhere in the middle. More like Will Smith in the movie Independence Day, where he has the flow to take action and the strength to do it.
(1)Free flow excess would be Plastic Man— and(10)bound strength excess, Arnold. In the middle, around (5 to 6), we have Ginger Rogers, Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, and Will Smith. Strong enough to leap on a table and free enough to keep on dancing. Strong enough to kick an alien around, and free enough to look good doing it.
Of course, it helps that they knew how things would turn out. It is easier to keep the free flow/bound strength ratio when not worried.
Back to reducing bound strength in your life: Everybody wants to get in on the stress reduction act these days. I’m trying to be a little creative here with something new from Scientific American, this week. Of course, I did no science on my idea for reducing bound strength using this Scientific American list, but here is the idea anyway, followed by the list.
First, get together the standard stuff for living for a week, including water.
Then go through this list one book or movie at a time, each day, read and/or watch. Other good books and movies are in the comments after the list.
At the end, I think you will have burned yourself out on disasters, and will be in the middle range of the ratio of freeflow to bound strength.
Then go ahead, jump up on a table and dance.