Overcoming Your Negative Reactions

One of the themes of this blog is going over the negative things that are going on in the world today, and it’s very easy to get scared to the point where you stop thinking rationally and start having wild fantasies about how bad things might get. I certainly go through this fairly regularly, and given what is going on in the world today I don’t believe these feelings are unwarranted. The world is moving toward a place where things might get extremely chaotic and it is a good thing to become mentally prepared for such times.

However, if you spend too much of your time focused on such things, it starts to consume your life entirely. We watch as politicians do what they’ve always done, just on a grander scale and wonder what we can do about it. We watch as aggressive nations like China push their own boundaries in a bid for control of more of the world, and we wonder what we can do about it. We watch as the government continues to print money and send us further and further down the path of hyper inflation, and we wonder what we can do about it. The country seems to be falling apart, and for much of our time all we can do is wonder what we can do about it.

The trick to all of this is to keep these things in their proper context. It is true that there is a volatile mix of chaotic events that are converging together in this place and time to upset the world we’ve become accustomed to, but that doesn’t mean we have to spend every day living in fear of what might happen tomorrow. Existing in this way not only causes us to waste our present, but also to give up on our future. Regardless of the looming shadow of chaos that seems to be on our horizon, we must continue pushing forward with the hope that we can come through on the other side in one piece.

All of these issues are temporary ones, and will pass with enough time. We might struggle to get through them, and some of our plans might be put on hold or cancelled entirely, but that does not mean that there aren’t things we can be doing in the meantime to push our lives forward. As I’ve stated in the past, sometimes live altering changes can be a good thing. It can open doors we never expected to be made available to us and put us in places we never thought we could reach.

Of course, there is always risk in such situations, but to dwell on this is pointless. Even in our modern society with so many rules and structures, we have only created the illusion of safety. We enter into much more risk than we ever realize simply by being employed by a company or getting into our cars or walking down the street. None of us can ever really know what is going to happen to us, and any feeling of security is only an illusion.

Knowing this, it becomes important for us to stop viewing the potentially chaotic future we see before us as something to fear and start looking for ways to take advantage of what might be coming our way. Like any venture, there will be risk, and some of that might include life and limb, but no one ever makes it big without putting something valuable on the line. If you lose, then at least you tried and don’t have to live the rest of your life wondering what might have been.

So as we watch the world we grew up in starting to slowly crumble away, it is imperative that we see all of these negative things for what they are: things that are happening that we can’t control and all we can do is control ourselves. Keep your eyes open for the things coming your way that you can do something about and stand ready to do what is necessary. Don’t let the media or even some of the things I share here in this blog get you down. In the end, human beings have shown that we have the capacity to pull through the worst possible situations. You can too.

What do you think about the chaos in the world today? How many times have you felt discouraged after watching or reading about something bad happening? Are you prepared for some of the things we might have to face in the near future? Many times, all it takes is a slight adjustment in our attitudes to make all the difference in our lives. Being prepared for the worst, but hoping for the best, can steel us for the trying times ahead. Be prepared.

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1 Comment

  1. In my opinion, no life altering changes being forced on us in our country right now are good. One result of all the mayhem and darkness would be my stronger faith in God and gratitude for Our Church and the sacraments. My hope is in The Lord…nothing and no one else. Each person.. whether in the Church, Government, entertainment, sports, Education System, Medical/Scientific Fields, Activists, and everything in between is revealing themself, and my eyes are open:-) You might say I am “awake.”

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