And if you’re anything like me, you tend to worry about a bunch of those changes. If I had high blood pressure, my drug store would be making a killing off me nowadays!
But none of this is particularly healthy for you. Singing the ‘Have Patience’ song from the Music Machine (I’m probably dating myself with that reference) seems to help me reduce that stress though.
Anyhow, levity aside, Ryan over at TSLRF had a great post on Sunday that I’d like to comment on.
Ryan (lawyer type) said something that really resonated with me. He said more or less that he was seriously concerned about the state of our nation and was just going to stop stressing it and just get his stuff in order. I had a similar realization some time ago and it has brought me a lot of peace. I can watch the news now and usually not freak out. My stress level and probably blood pressure are at much more reasonable levels. Instead of worrying about this or that which may be or is happening I am putting mental time and energy into preparing my family. Instead of stressing this bill or that amendment I think about how to meet this goal or increase that capability. I suggest this sort of perspective to everyone.
I want to pile on here as well, and I wanted anyone who doesn’t already read TSLRF to get this perspective. So go read Ryan’s post and then come back for my commentary! 😉
Rudy’s Not So Humble Opinion
Look, I get ramped up like the best of them. There are days when I can’t believe the abject stupidity of some of the people making decisions. I am by nature someone who tends to think people are misguided as opposed to malicious, but sometimes you have to wonder.
The absolute best thing I’ve done is to disconnect a bit from the day to day randomization and focus on my long term goals. Honestly, does it really matter to me how the financial world comes to a stop as long as I’m prepared for it?
For example, I’ve been reading quite a bit of commentary lately that indicates that the financial house of cards may tumble faster than I’d thought. But instead of freaking out about it, my wife and I sat down and had a candid conversation. I explained to her what I’ve been hearing, and what my interpretation and concerns were. As a result of our discussion we decided to tweak our short term plans for the next couple months to get a couple of mid term goals finished.
My dear reader, if there’s anything you have to be, it’s flexible. Our world changes every day. We need to be aware of those changes, and interpret those changes and decide how we think they will affect our lives. But worrying about it and obsessing about the details will do you no good.
You have a plan. (If you don’t have a plan, get one today!) Execute on that plan.
Work towards your goals.
And above all, don’t be afraid to tweak those goals as reality changes.