A long time ago, I got an early morning call from someone who needed a bit of help. It was a very early morning call. And, the help need was grand. I wiped my eyes and listened intently. And I did a double-take. They had been arrested.
Once I got through the surprise, I went into crisis management mode. It is what I do. It’s what I do well. In such a mode, I didn’t stop and pause to wonder about the situation as a whole. However, later that afternoon, I sat to take it all in.
In my reflection, I didn’t really think about how this person ending up needing help. What I focused on was that I was the person who received that call. This person called me. Picked me as their go-to. I was their one phone call. That is a lot of pressure.
Now think about this. Besides a spouse or parent, who would be your one phone call? Has to be a trustworthy person. Has to be someone who cares. Has to be someone with resources and know-how. In these weird times, we need to think ahead to all possible situations.