Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Keep Calm & Carry On

We are unable to escape from the scenes of London that have been on every news channel across the world. It has impacted many of our daily lives - our journeys to and from work, sporting events being cancelled and communities in disarray.  The threats of more riots across the country leave an atmosphere of tension and fear.

It is important to recognise the significance of our ability to control our own feelings and actions. Many feelings and emotions have been stirred up by the ongoing events and as the emotions increase our intelligence and our ability to respond appropriately and rationally to what is going around us diminishes. Amongst this uncertainty, there is a possibility that we may become reactive and ruled by our emotions. When we become reactive to situations, our ability to judge situations can become clouded, creating more confusion and unrest. While these events have put people in a high emotional state, I suggest you all to take a deep breath and stop for a moment before reacting or venting. Anger and aggression cannot beat anger and aggression. Only calm and rational minds will see a way beyond the experiences of the last few days. 

I recommend that we focus on the solution (or what you want) rather than the problems we are currently experiencing. London has been through the blitz, IRA bombings, the 7/7 Al Qaeda attacks and the average Londoner knows how to 'Keep Calm and Carry On'. When the aggressor was external we came together with a strong resolution not to be defeated. This time there are no external factors influencing this situation so it is down to us to rally together and appeal for calm. The Government created some morale boosting posters during the Second World War. This simple and quintessentially British message is as apt today as it was during the blitz. 

So take a breath, visualise the calm and not the storm, and help those around you to keep their emotions in check. Most importantly 'Keep Calm and Carry On'.