If you were to see Bigfoot strolling down your back alley, but were too stunned by the spectacle to get it on camera with your phone, you’d likely convince yourself that it never actually happened. If however, you did get it on camera, as did several of your neighbours, …you’d still likely dismiss the event as a hoax. Only if the Bigfoot tripped, broke it’s leg, was captured, and the captors were fully transparent with their findings, would most people be able to accept that they actually did see a Sasquatch. When we have a new experience which contradicts our perception of reality, it’s human nature to dismiss this experience. When the information is simply too much to process, …we just don’t. Instead of processing the data, our mind tends to simply dismiss the information.
The mind will often dismiss uncomfortable information in one of four ways. Either it will:
- Replace with comfortable information
- Dismiss it entirely. (block/forget)
No matter how strong you believe your mind is, or how open minded you feel you are, we all have limitations on what we can, and can not accept as true. The first step for increasing your capacity for uncomfortable information, is the self awareness that you do in fact have limits. Once you acknowledge this fact, you will be more aware of where your limits are, and when your mind is holding you back from seeing a situation clearly and fully.
The COVID19 situation is changing rapidly. Every day we have information which is either changing, expanding, or brand new. The constant movement of the goalposts further agitates our minds because of the increasing lack of certainty. The Government has always resisted full transparency, but now is the time for them to throw off the shackles of their visceral instinct to make EVERY issue political, and instead just do what’s right, and be 100% honest with us. The more honest the Government is with us right now, the less uncertainty we will feel. The more certainty we have, the more we will be able to prepare ourselves both mentally, and physically for what’s coming.
False hope is just as bad, perhaps even worse than unnecessary fear. Either position can lead the mind to react with panic. Panic is the worst case scenario and each of us as individuals must take personal responsibility to not panic, or worse, spread panic. If you’re asking yourself, “but how?”, I’ll now explain the title of this article.
When a Soldier arrives in a war zone for the first time, fear is a guarantee. No matter how extreme the situation however, after a few weeks the Soldier usually gets acclimatized, and becomes comfortable in a situation that most people would find completely overwhelming. This “acclimatization” process creates a permanent change in the Soldier. For the rest of that Soldiers life, they will be relatively un-flapped by future extreme circumstances.
Over the last 25 years I’ve experienced a ridiculous amount of emergency situations where I was “the guy” who responded, and took charge. From fatal car accidents, to homicide, destiny has repeatedly put me in situations where I responded with action, instead of freezing with fear. I have this ability because of the training and experiences from an entire generation ago. The mental ability to accept extreme situations just never leaves you.
Fast forward to today. The entire globe is now wrestling with a new, and scary reality. As a response, some people who are gripped by fear are panic buying toilet paper instead of food.
When emotion is high…rationale is low.
Military Veterans (especially if they have been deployed to a war zone) have been conditioned to respond to new situations by being able to improvise, adapt, and overcome. This is the mantra which all of us must adapt now during this pandemic. We are in a fluid situation which is changing rapidly. If you respond to a fluid situation with a static mindset, then you’re going to struggle greatly.
Secondly, Military Veterans KNOW they are prepared, because they have followed an extensive “Kit List”. The kit list is a checklist of items which have been issued. When you know you have all the required items, you know you are prepared and ready. For the rest of us, creating this list will also give you a sense of calm, and confidence that you are ready to handle whatever is ahead. Just make sure that toilet paper isn’t the only item on your list, or you’ll be in for a rude awakening.
Your list can include a personal economic plan. If you’re out of work right now, what else could you be doing to earn an income? Now is the time to consider new options. Have a look at your pantry, and ensure you have an ample supply of the basic staples. Shop smarter, and with a fresh perspective on what is important, and what is not. Now is not the time for frivolities.
Lastly, remember to make time for fun family activities which have nothing to do with the current crisis. Connect, laugh, and enjoy each other for at least 30 minutes a day. Play a funny board game, or play some cards. Pull out the ball gloves, and play catch, or throw some horseshoes. Get off your screens, and stay connected with those you care about by safely interacting with them. Remember your self care, and take the time to recharge.
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Major drug haul; ALERT seizes $3 million in drugs and cash
Post submitted by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT)
Three million dollars’ worth of drugs and cash was seized from two Calgary homes, including what is believed to be the province’s largest seizure of gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB).
On April 27, 2021 ALERT Calgary’s organized crime and gang team concluded a short-term investigation with a record drug haul. ALERT seized enough methamphetamine, fentanyl, cocaine, and GHB to equal an estimated 100,000 doses.
The GHB seizure of 113.5 litres is believed to be the largest seizure of its kind in Alberta.
Meanwhile, the amount of methamphetamine and fentanyl pills seized ranks amongst ALERT Calgary’s biggest busts.
“The totality of what was seized is staggering, and represents a high degree of community harm. Behind so many doses are crimes committed to feed that addiction; be it property crimes, thefts, frauds, and robberies, and all feeding into social disorder,” said Supt. Dwayne Lakusta, ALERT CEO.
In total, ALERT seized roughly $3 million worth of drugs and cash:
- 113.5 litres of GHB;
- 22.3 kilograms of methamphetamine;
- 18,000 fentanyl pills;
- 1.5 kilograms of fentanyl;
- 4.1 kilograms of cocaine; and
- $386,220 cash.
GHB is colourless and odourless, and is commonly referred to as the “date-rape drug” but is usually abused as a club drug. In July 2013 Edmonton Police Service seized 106 litres of GHB, which at the time, was believed to be Alberta’s largest seizure.
ALERT’s investigation is ongoing and additional charges are being contemplated. To date, 14 drug-related charges have been laid against three suspects:
- Ashley Stanway, 30-year old from Calgary;
- Rayann Blackmore, 22-year old from Calgary; and
- Harmandeep Tiwana, 28-year old from Calgary.
ALERT began its investigation just a month prior after receiving information about suspected drug trafficking activity in the Calgary region.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.
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