“Without wood a fire goes out; without a gossip a quarrel dies down.” Proverbs 26:20
Unfortunately, wildfires are very common and we have all seen images on the television of wildfires which are raging out of control. You may even know someone who has been affected by a wildfire. According to the Canadian Red Cross, there are about 8000 wildfires every year. They can devastate forests, communities and put people’s lives at risk. They often start very small and can sometimes be unnoticed. However, they are able to spread very quickly. Often it is some kind of spark which starts them. It is important to recognize what could potentially spark a fire and then manage these risks.
The expression “putting out fires” is often referred to in the workplace as well. Can you think of days when you seem to go from one mini-catastrophe to another? Perhaps it is something which has been “smoldering” for a while and then something sparks it into a fire needing to now be put out. Or, you may not have noticed that something has been “brewing” amongst people you work with. All seems fine on the surface, but then something happens causing an explosion of feelings. The Cambridge Dictionary defines “putting out fires” as “spending time on problems that need to be dealt with quickly, instead of working in a calm, planned way.” As per forest fires, there are problems at work which could be perhaps minimized or even avoided, by knowing what is triggering them and putting a plan in place to minimize these risks.
This week, record what these “fires” are and join us next Monday when we discuss what could be ‘sparking” them.
Have a wonderful week at work, and God bless!
Bonny, Christian Women at Work