“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” — Winston Churchill
You live in an era of instant, whether it’s access, full-season streaming, gratification or click-ready indulgences. You find security in it and it becomes your pace of life. In a way, it’s your safety net. And, within this routine, there’s freedom for having the choices it provides. You plan, based on what you view as your constants. Oftentimes, your needs are met with a walk across the street or a click of a button. That certainty is freely available at any time of day.
Until it isn’t.
Sometimes, catastrophe strikes and all the planning in the world cannot prepare you for the moment of impact. Sometimes, you get sick unexpectedly. Sometimes, you lose something precious. Sometimes, death occurs. Sometimes, certainty is a luxury you once took for granted. When that certainty is taken away, you slow down.
Whether by choice or chance, there are moments when your life shifts. A wrench thrown into your plans…well, it’s irritating at best and full-on anger, grief or despair, at worst. It rocks your world, whether internal or external. Oftentimes, both. And, it provides a pivotal moment for you. A lot of times, it determines the course for the rest of your life. Now, you tip-toe along the edge of an uncertain decision.
In these moments — those uncertain times — you hang by a thread between two choices. Because whether you realize or not, you really only have two. You either meet the uncertainty with chaos, by trying to keep things in the order they always were and struggling against the tide…or with courage, by changing the way you think, need, give, and live.
The intersection of the convergence is the flashpoint. You must make the choice to either go willingly or go kicking, screaming and struggling. Whether you like it or not, you know what choice you have to make, even if you don’t know what lies ahead.
What is the key to survival in uncertain times?
— Read on medium.com/change-your-mind/the-key-to-surviving-uncertain-times-d8cf3f6537f1
(Originally posted at Change Your Mind, Change Your Life via Medium.com on 24 Mar 2020.)