How to Deal with Anxiety (Day 5) – The Gift of Impossible Situations

It’s a humorous factor, anxiousness.  It may be each useful and overwhelming.  Galvanising and paralysing.  We may be its grasp or like me final week, squashed.

I’ve been squashed for a few weeks truly.

All my ordinary tips, ideas, methods – all of my hard-won acceptance and dedication methods – all rendered out of date by the sheer tempo of change.  Emails from a month in the past learn like they’re from one other period.

I’ve fallen behind at work.  Been rushed and harassed with my household.  Failing as a buddy.

Who am I now, then?

It’s straightforward to see how anxiousness offers the fertile soil for darker issues.


In his guide The Impediment is the Method Ryan Vacation reminds us of the Stoic concept that there’s at all times the seed of an answer inside the issue itself.

So what’s the seed proper now?

For me it’s to do with correctly understanding this:

There are not any proper selections on this new atmosphere. 

In different phrases, there isn’t a boundary setting routine, no life hack, no time administration method or day by day motivational saying that may spare any of us troublesome (and mistaken) selections within the days, weeks and months (years?) forward.

Nothing can spare us.

I wish to pause and let that hold within the air – for me as a lot as for anybody else.


However in case you have come this far and may settle for that, then we could also be in a brand new area.

In any case, if there have been instruments and methods that we might make use of to spare us these troublesome selections it could solely be a matter of studying them and using them.

And even when that have been true (it isn’t), take into consideration how extremely boring that may be; residing out lives of interminable logic, with little company for ourselves.

In different phrases, what life is giving us now is a large alternative to place our personal stamp on it.

WE get to creator this bit, as a result of now we’ve actual selections to make.  They might be not possible selections, however that’s the entire level.  As a result of these selections don’t have any ‘proper’ reply they’re ours to make.

This can be a area the place our values can determine for us.  It’s in these darkish recesses, mistaken turns and not possible compromises that we are able to discover our selves.

This can be a particular alternative to put in writing what comes subsequent.

So what’s going to we write, and who will we grow to be?

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