A professional firefighter offers wisdom on staying sane in insane situations, keeping your calm under literal and figurative fire, and meeting each day with your best calm, resilient, and optimistic self, whether the day contains comedy, tragedy, or both, sometimes at the same time.
“Be brave. Be kind. Fight fires.”
That’s the motto of firefighters, like Hersch Wilson, who spend their lives walking toward, rather than away from, danger and suffering. As in Zen practice, firefighters are trained to be fully in the moment and present to each heartbeat, each life at hand. In this unique collection of true stories and practical wisdom, Wilson shares the Zen-like techniques that allow people like him to stay grounded while navigating danger, comforting others, and coping with their personal response to each crisis. Every life contains the unexpected and the unwelcome. How you cope with those inevitable events, more than the events themselves, defines the quality of your life. Firefighter Zen is an invaluable guide to meeting every day with your best calm, resilient, and optimistic self.