In reading The Power of TED*, one could rightly conclude that the Rescuer role in the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT) is not as effective, resourceful and helpful as its antidote in TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic) – the role of Coach.  When it comes to living life as a Creator and supporting others in creating in their lives, that perspective is foundational.

However – and this is an important however – there are times in which it is perfectly appropriate and necessary to assume the role of Rescuer.  For example, I am blessed live in the Pacific Northwest of the U.S. along the Puget Sound.  If I am walking along a beach and spot someone thrashing about in the water, that is not the time for me to step into the role of Coach by asking something inane like “What outcome would you like to create?”  No, the thing to do is to jump into the water and bring them safely to shore – to be a Rescuer.

The devastating earthquake that has brought Haiti to its knees is a reminder that, in the human experience, victimization happens.  Through no fault of their own, the people of that land are, indeed, victims of this natural disaster.

In just such a situation, it is time to be a Rescuer – in whatever way one can.  The people of Haiti need our helping hands – financially, materially, spiritually, emotionally, physically.

Today I had an almost “out of body” experience of taking a break from writing, sitting down in my warm and dry living room (with a hot steaming bowl of bean soup) and turning on CNN to check the latest.  I knew of the earthquake, but I had no real knowledge of the true current reality.  As the reality became apparent, I wept.

During the broadcast, the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S. was interviewed.  When asked how the Haitian people would eventually respond, after thanking the world for its outpouring of response, he stated, “The Haitian people are a hearty people.”  (In other words, they are Creators.)

He then shared that, when the Haitians secured their independence 200 years ago, they did so with the slogan, “In unity there is strength.”

In times of disaster – and there will be other times, as it is part of the human experience on planet Earth – it is important to remember that we are Co-Creators and that there are times when reaching out a helping hand to one another is an act of compassion and co-creation.  In such unity there is, indeed, strength.

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