The words ‘Rise to the occasion’, were often used by our elders. When the situation demanded, one was required to stand up and be counted – much like what rescue workers are called to do, but this exhortation is seldom heard these days.
At the workplace, rising to the occasion can mean volunteering to do something because no one else can – and, it has to be done. Usually, one or more of these reasons hold us back:
-We ask ourselves, ‘Why should I?’
-We are apprehensive that we may not be able to do it
-We fear failing at the task
-We are not motivated enough to do anything new
-We assess, what’s in it for us?
A regular choir member, a part of the bass singers, was asked by the choir leader to fill in for the tenors because only one person had turned up for choir practice. Two instant thoughts flashed through his mind – I don’t know to sing tenor and what if I lose my place in the bass group? Both reactions are a result of a deep-rooted comfort level.
To rise to the occasion, one must be prepared to break the comfort zone and attempt new things. While personal progress lies in taking that new step, a larger purpose is always achieved by rising to the occasion – like the rescue workers accomplish several times over.
The momentary indecision later, the man rises to the occasion and fills the gap. The choir gets its backup; the anxious volunteer discovers a tenor voice and the music plays on but not without happier and harmonious souls!