We were having a steak lunch at a Kairos weekend and the guy to my left lifted both hands up in the air. Strange. Then he put his hands around his neck. The guy to his left asked if he was OK and he shook his head NO. I finally realized what was going on but by that time the other guy had started the Heimlich manuever. But it wasn’t working, he had his arms up around the chokers chest. I told him to lower his hands and he did and the big piece of steak came out. So I was slow to catch on, but was calm and helpful when I did.
One of the gifts of ADD or ADHD is that we tend to be really good in a crisis. Why is that? Think about it-by definition, a crisis is novel, interesting, has a heavy immediate deadline, and challenging. These are the things that turn on our attention center and we can focus, or hyper focus. It’s a good thing I was there.