“Somebody should do something.”
Yes, somebody should. Because for sure, even a mountain of the best intentions alone, do not make things better.
Facta non verba is a Latin term for ‘actions, not words.’ It is so simply stated, yet so impactful in effect; I think it may be the perfect first responder motto.
Facta non verba is really a statement about energy transition - potential energy into kinetic energy. It is the conversion point where what we believe transforms into who we are, who we are becoming in life. It is about moving purposefully through this world and positively affecting people along the way.
Facta non verba is a formula for revealing the immense power of humanity inside each of us and changing the world, one decent act at a time.
Does this seem at all familiar?
“Action is character.”
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
Ask almost any emergency service member “what Is your job” and they will likely answer - to save lives. Extrication, rescue carries, intravenous lines, medications, ECGs, trauma care, placing airways - this is not a work from home career. You have to show up.
A single day on the job of a first responder can have quite a bit of action.
So, there you go. Saving lives, rarrrr. It’s what we do.
But what about when it is not time to save lives?
How do we act then?
When there is no overturned vehicle with trapped passengers, when there is no unconscious subject that requires immediate resuscitation, when there is no one hanging out of the 3rd floor window of a burning building - what is the right thing to do?