The Green Sheet Online Edition
December 22, 2008 • Issue 08:12:02
Take action, banish fear
||Nothing is so bitter that a calm mind cannot find comfort in it.|
Negativity is a hallmark of the major media. Newspapers, talk radio, television and the Internet feed on the turmoil in the world and broadcast it directly into our brains.
If we dwell on this depressing worldview too long, we may become paralyzed with fear. Everything is hopeless, we tell ourselves. Everyone is out of work and losing their homes and life savings. Life is over as we know it. Give up.
Granted, life may be rough right now. Money's tight. That expected raise may have just evaporated. Maybe worries persist about another series of layoffs.
But giving in to fear is not the answer; it only keeps the networks' ratings up. The antidote to negativity is action. It is not panicked, hysterical, run-for-the-hills action, however.
Instead, it is controlled, calculated and decisive action. It is planning things, taking steps, working through problems, finding solutions. It is positive action.
Positive action fuels vibrant energy; vibrant energy fuels uplifting thoughts; uplifting thoughts fuel positive actions.
For whatever mess we find ourselves in, positive action is - and always will be -our salvation.
Following are examples of assertive steps you can take to minimize anxiety over the present economic situation.
Housing and transportation
- Don't skimp on health care. It may be tempting to put off dental visits or annual check-ups, especially if you don't have health care coverage.
However, the last thing you need is to miss work because you got sick or had a dental emergency that could have been avoided with a teeth cleaning.
- Keep a positive outlook and surround yourself with people who share your optimism. Remaining positive in thought is taking positive action.
- Be grateful. Consider what you have and the areas of your life that are going well. Take time to appreciate your family, your health, your job, your home and your community.
- Branch out and try new things. Check out what your community offers in free classes and events. Investigate the options in nearby towns and cities as well.
Maintain an even strain
Regardless of what the media might say, we are not without control over our lives. Take positive action by changing spending patterns and behaviors. Perhaps the most important action is to change mental attitudes. Don't get caught up in the unrelentingly depressing media coverage. Remain calm. Keep a balanced perspective.
So we're in a recession. Now what are you gonna do about it?
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