Remain calm and carry on

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Bad stuff happens. That’s actually a good thing because without the bad there can be no good.

Embrace the bad!

Okay, maybe not embrace it. Acknowledge it and let it go. Because if you don’t, you’ll just make things worse.

“Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.”

― Voltaire

How do we quickly pass through our misfortunes?

Here are some (positive) options:

  1. Ignore it. Many problems, perhaps most, have a tendency to resolve themselves. Put the problem in the closet and get on with other things.
  2. Distract yourself. If the problem really bothers you, occupy yourself with a new project or something you love to do. Remain calm, carry on, and let your subconscious mind find a solution.
  3. Do something. Try anything. If it doesn’t work, try something else. You may not solve the problem but you’ll feel like you’re doing something, which is better than feeling helpless.
  4. Get help. Share the problem with someone who knows something about the issue and can offer advice or assistance. Or share it with someone who’s a good listener and can help you think things through.
  5. Write a check. If you can throw money at the problem and fix it or lessen the impact, bite the bullet and do it. It’s only money.
  6. Surrender. Let the problem do what it’s going to do. The pain will pass.

Worry is useless. It can only make things worse. So don’t go there.

Blame is useless. If it was your fault, accept it, without rancor or guilt. If it was someone else’s fault, learn something from the experience and move on.

Complaining is useless. And annoying to everyone within earshot.

Resistance is useless. The more you fight the problem the bigger its hold on you. Do something or let go and take your medicine.

Count your blessings. No matter how bad the problem, if you’re not dying, you have a lot to be thankful for.

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