The storm overhead was omninous. As we drove south on I10 we were frightened and felt helpless with the impending doom. Our radio was only static as we sought to understand weather conditions.
Life can be like that, a bit of news, such as the boss implies he wants to give you a headsup regarding an impending company downsizing, or a physical an bloodtest come back as abnormal which will change your life. The devastion of the loss of a family member, financial stress, health or relationship problems can fill us with impending doom, no way out. Our mind plays tricks on us as we deal with problems.
Our life will change, and we must seek ways to be resilient. We cannot afford to get swollowed up in this devastation. Our minds cannot work properly, analytically, to consider options in handling our situations.
Scarlet, in Margaret Mitchell’s famed novel Gone with the Wind had the right idea when she said, “I will think about that tomorrow.” Although we would never want to procrastinate, putting off reacting to the pain may help us to handle taking some key actions in handling our situations. Make time to deal with your emotions later in the week if possible. This may sound unreasonable, yet if an action you take with a sound mind betters your situation it can also help your feelings about the situation.
I have storms in my own life to deal with and although I cried yesterday, today I have been taking neccessary actions. This proactivness is empowering, although I may still have to face the inevitable, my chances for a better outcome are possible. Optimism instead of grief or doom is the best medicine.
As we rode out the storm, it was very frightening, thankfully, we made it thru ok.