Uncertain times, like the times we’re in, bring discomfort and unease.
Times when we feel out of control (like the debt ceiling vote in Washington, DC and the impact it can have on each of us) can be just plain maddening, yes, when it seems they are preventable.
There’s nothing we can do to take the debt ceiling vote in Congress ourselves, much as we would like to.
Remember, though, you get to have your say when you vote in November, 2012.
In the meantime, it’s worth remembering that we’ve survived uncertain and risky times before, and we can do it again.
Think back…and get specific for a minute.
Consider a time when you felt out of control, yet things worked out well, in the end.
– What was the circumstance you were dealing with then?
– What did you worry would happen?
– What happened instead?
– Was your worry worth it?
– Did you put your fear and frustration to good use, such as by making different decisions, taking different actions, or in some way, protecting yourself from the things you feared could happen?
– What was your part in riding out that uncertainty as well as you could, instead of riding a pointless roller coaster of emotions?
– What did you do to create a better outcome than you feared you would experience?
– What can you do to deal with uncertain times now, based on what you recall from that successful past experience?
To provide even more of a long-term perspective, consider these thoughts about challenge and change:
Action and reaction, ebb and flow, trial and error, change – this is the rhythm of living. Out of our over-confidence, fear; out of our fear, clearer vision, fresh hope. And out of hope, progress.
Any change, even for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.