I knew the economy was in a bad way when, several weeks ago, I saw a friend’s husband in church. Not a regular church goer, he was there nonetheless, and he was looking grim. (I learned later that his business is hanging on by a thread and he is fast running out of options.)
He’s not alone. A lot of folks are running scared these days, what with the economy in the tank and a government that thinks capitalism is just about as bad as pedophilia … maybe worse. You can smell the fear in some people, as the morale and culture of whole companies turn surly, defensive, xenophobic (as in, ”I’ll lay low and, hopefully, nobody will fire me and outsource my job to India.”)
What to do: First, accept the possibility that you could lose everything. If so, big deal. Seriously. Roy Rogers was a ticket agent for the railroad. When he decided to set out and see if he could make a career out of singing, his boss told him that if things didn’t work out, he could always have his old job back. With that simple promise backing him, Roy Rogers said he was never afraid of failure.
Second, focus on solutions, not fear. Fear — that cold-pit-in-the-gut-at-three-am-terror — can destroy you, ruining not just your sleep, but your health and your relationships with family and friends. Most of all, it does no good whatsoever. So, work hard. Make plans to survive and thrive. And then forget about it! JRI
“Real difficulties can be overcome; it
is only the imaginary ones that are
– Theodore N. Vail
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