My thoughts today regarding the pictures I am sharing are more about time/life management than they are about the photos. As I drove home from five days in Des Moines, I reflected on what I had learned, what I had been exposed to, how I can apply processes in my job, and what impacts the topics may have on me.
My week away began with me co-presenting at a Non-profit Summit on the topic of emergency training in colleges and universities. The days of schools being safe zones are long gone. The fact that we are now having meetings to plan for emergency response training at the local level, to be used by students, staff, and faculty until responders arrive, is disturbing – necessary, but disturbing.
After that I attended the Homeland Security Conference where the topics included (among many others) “The Las Vegas Concert Shootings,” “Lone Offender Terrorist Attacks,” and “Anticipating the Unthinkable.” “Anticipating the Unthinkable” was a presentation by the mother of the six-year old boy who, after seeing his teacher at Sandy Hook Elementary killed, lead others in his class to safety. As you can imagine, the impact on the boy and his family continues to this day. For those of us in the audience, her words and descriptions were riveting, yet so troubling. One must ask “What is happening in our world?”
From these I moved to the annual Medical Examiner’s Conference where I presented on two topics. My presentations paled compared to the in-depth studies we did on various death topics. I prefer not to go into detail here. Know that those of us who respond in this capacity study and train to great detail to perform with compassion and integrity during very difficult times for all involved.
By the way, one of my topics was on death scene photography. As I explained to the audience (largest to date!), death scene photography and outdoor photography have similarities once the emotions of the death scene are addressed. That may not make sense, but it is true as I pointed out during my session.
Anyway, as I was driving home after an emotionally challenging week away, I noticed this red-tailed hawk balancing in strong winds on a power line. Every few seconds the hawk had to make an adjustment to remain balanced on the power line. Sometimes the movements were small while other times I thought the bird was going to give up and move on to somewhere different. Isn’t that the way life tends to be at times. Aren’t we sometimes hardly balancing as we juggle time, expectations, and demands. We tweak something here expecting a gain there. We are not much different than a red-tailed hawk trying to balance in the wind on a power line. Sometimes we are just hanging on!
Red-tailed Hawk on Power Line: