Written by Karen D. Swim, Photo ©martinapplegate | Dreamstime.com
Have you ever seen a small child cover his or her ears, close their eyes and loudly sing, “La, la, la, la, I can’t hear you, la, la, la?” Often their head shaking back and forth accompany the chant along with fast movements designed to outrun the enemy. In this case, the enemy is you and the words the child refuses to hear! Well, now that you got that image that is exactly how I feel today.
Bombarded with reports of the failing economy, the failing economy and oh you guessed it, the failing economy, I am covering my ears and singing, “La, la, la, la, go away, la, la, la!” Enough already!
Yes, there are bad things happening and of course, I want to be an informed citizen. However, being informed is one thing being assaulted is just downright depressing! Therefore, I have donned my Ninja happy (this is the impenetrable power suit of supreme happiness, in case you’re wondering) and selected my arsenal to fight back the “doomy” and gloomy.
- Listen but do not absorb. Sensitive people have a way of becoming so empathetic that they absorb the problems of others into their being. This can be harmful to your mental and physical health and affect your own objectivity.
- Focus on solutions not the problem. A constant replaying of the problem does nothing but torment you. It is far more productive to focus on solutions. For example, rather than focusing on the economy, focus on the things you can leverage to thrive during the down times. How can you maximize your earnings? What skills and talents can you leverage in the market to continue gaining work?
- Pray. I have found that God is way smarter than I am at solving problems. Praying helps me quiet my mind and spirit and refocuses me on what is important.
I am not in any way attempting to diminish the struggles that so many are having right now. However, what help are we to those in need if we are simply focused on the problem?
Today, I do not have everything I desire. Heck I am even struggling with a few things I really need! However, I refuse to be sucked into self-pity and despair. Instead, I clothed myself in the armor and looked out the window. I watched the light reflect off the pond and the trees gently swaying in the cool morning breeze. I listened to the birds chirp their happy little tune and the squirrels scamper up the tree. I was reminded that the sun will rise and set, and the stars will shine in a bear market or bull market. I could allow my attitude to remain consistent or I could fall prey to the up and down cycles of life. I chose to don the happy. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!
How do you stay the course during bad times? Do you have any secret ninja weapons? Please share so that we can all learn. Remember that everyone is welcome to share his or her thoughts and ideas. No blog? No problem! Comments are open. Don’t want to share in public? That’s okay too. Shoot an email, a tweet or a note anywhere you choose. This conversation can go wherever you like!