I heard Gregg Braden use this term in an audiobook of his: That rather than living in crisis we are living in a zone of graceful urgency.
He was speaking of some of the extremes we’re experiencing in recent years. Peak debt, peak energy, climate change, economic transformation. Braden was framing national and global difficulties as actionable, not desperate. As he points out, desperation can lead to rash and thoughtless action.
I’m taking this phrase to heart in a personal way. When (seeming) crises pop up, how much better is it for me to think I’m in a zone of graceful urgency . . . not a hairy overwrought gonads-grabbing terror of a crisis.
It gives me time to pause. Time to sift. Time to experiment solutions.