Monday, March 26, 2007

Anxiety and Preparedness

The world today is a safer place, with all our knowledge and technology. Everyday situations are less likely to fail because devices and methods are engineered to be fail safe.

An experienced living person can tell you that the above statements seem to be more and more false the more experienced a personality becomes. Methods and devices are only tools for decreasing the probability of a disaster happening in your every day life, never totally removing it. The odds for a loss of life and limb are never decreased enough to remove their necessity of consideration for every reasonable person.

You should be ready for that catastrophe, heartache, meeting of soul mate, or job opportunity at every moment of your life.
So does this lead to all ordinary people being consumed by anxiety? Is lack of anxiety foolish of a person, not considering their own odds of failure? Matthew 6: 25-34

Not worrying about tomorrow is defiantly the easiest correct answer. Combining this idea with preparation for tomorrow is the key.

As your every day progresses, decisions are made every day about the simplest items. Choosing what shirt you will wear. Pulling out in front of that truck during your commute. Eating out today instead of bringing lunch. In those free moments of your quick decision, contemplate the results of making other decisions. What if you chose a shirt that offended someone today? How would you handle that situation? What if that truck did hit you, resulting in being late for work or financial trouble? What if that Burbank's sandwich caused you a heart attack next week? In each of these questions, your answer should come about from your current knowledge, with some fair amount of confidence. If the answers are scary to you or you have no feasible way of survival, then you are unprepared for life in that situation.

Recognizing and keeping your weaknesses conscious is all that is required to advance your personality, in life value and for this subject, safety. Being prepared a little more tomorrow for a recognized possibility is one step toward the ability to handle any situation. Dedicated research is a more drastic approach, and always a good idea for looking into your lacks of knowledge.

A simple test to see if you are following this method or not: If you were told an uncontrollable catastrophe would happen to you tomorrow, what would you do different to prepare? If you choose to do something different, then you are an unprepared personality. You should be ready for that catastrophe, heartache, meeting of soul mate, or job opportunity at every moment of your life.

Managing anxiety and preparedness is a huge asset to your stress management.