In this issue ~~
There's no doubt, we are living in difficult times. We're constantly warned to be vigilant of terrorist attacks. Banks are closing and the stock market is a roller coaster ride. Storms and tsunamis are battering coastlines. When we look around us, there's plenty of evidence to make us fearful.
What makes it worse is when our imagination takes hold, and we begin to envision desperate futures. Our fear escalates, and we start to make fearful choices. Before long, we feel mired in fear, with no resolution in sight.
It's in times like this that our creativity can be our greatest ally.
When we're in the midst of fear, it often doesn't occur to us that our bleak images of the future are not real – they come from our imagination! So, why not harness that same imagination to envision positive futures?
It may take some work to pull yourself out of the downward spiral, but the effort can help you refocus your energies, be more productive and feel more optimistic. Here are some ways you can do that:
So now, you've pulled yourself out of the fear and gotten more grounded. The next step is to practice responding to situations with creativity, rather than panic and fear.
Whatever you do, don't let the fear shut you down. Keep moving forward with your dreams and goals, even if you need to modify them or lengthen the time line. Rather than going into survival mode, continue to focus on creating your positive future. The crisis will pass, and you'll be in a better place by continuing to take steps forward.
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For additional support and information, see the following past issues:
Issue 54: Transition and Change
Issue 55: What Really Matters
Issue 68: Dealing With Turmoil
Issue 72: Moving Ahead in Troubled Times
Issue 82: Keeping Your Spirits Up . . . And Making a Difference in the World
Issue 89: Learning to Endure
What's your vision for yourself and your world? Take time to write, draw or compose a piece that's uplifting for yourself and others.
"The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them."
"We can either be scared or thinking of ways to reshape things."
"Every calamity is a spur and valuable hint."
"The heart prefers to move against the grain of circumstance; perversity is the soul's very life."
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