Recently, I woke up to my husband calling my name with a foreboding tone in his voice.
“Martha, a large limb from our oak tree fell on the passenger side of your car."
The new car that I purchased the day before! With a knot forming in the pit of my stomach, I opened the front door to see for myself. He wasn't joking. A huge limb had landed right against my brand new car. The knot tightened as my mind raced ahead with thoughts of body damage, insurance premiums climbing higher and I wasn't even driving it!
The knot in my stomach just kept growing tighter.
Slowly, I walked out to see how badly the car was damaged.
After taking the time to assess it from every angle, I was able to put the situation in perspective and gain clarity. There was no damage to my new car and no rising insurance premiums. That anxious feeling the “what if..” scenario had created quickly faded away.
Often we only see some aspects of a difficult situation in both our personal, and professional lives. Next we race off to the “what if..” scenario. That feeling of gloom or doom rushes in creating unnecessary anxiety, clouding our perception, diminishing our ability to navigate it.
Instead, let’s stay in the moment, take a breath, then assess the situation from every angle. This will help put things in perspective giving us the clarity we need to navigate the situation more effectively.
Enjoy your day,