Is anyone out there feeling secure in this country? Is anyone thinking that we have leaders in business and government who are doing the right thing? Is anyone wondering if our way of life will survive much more of the ego bickering and game playing?
Will the economy tank again and will we be back where we were half a decade ago?
There is a virus in the air, the virus of fear. There is doom in the air, the doom of the brakes not working and we all drive straight off the financial cliff.
Is the fear valid?
Reminded me of the night as a kid we were camping and my flashlight shined on a squirmy thing on the ground. I stood frozen as I watch the snake, now a python in my mind come toward me. Slowly, slowly it headed for my body and soon I would be dead, dead, dead.
I could not move.
Until my brother walked over and took the flashlight to show me it was a tree branch!
Then I thought about a core idea in “Don’t Bring It to Work”: when anxiety and fear heat up, so do we.
Right now, we are watching this anxiety with our government leaders and it is impacting all of us. When stress hits the hot button we all revert to fears and behaviors from childhood. We become thumb sucking toddlers afraid that sticks are snakes.
Behavior becomes less mature and more irrational. Suddenly tree branches in the dark are there to slither up and attack us.
Let’s turn the lights on and demand more grown up behavior from our leaders. And each of us is responsible for saying to those we have put in positions of power, “it will stop now!”