Bad things happen all the time. Globally, there's war, famine, religious intolerance and natural disasters. Nationally, there is a recession, job loss, floods and tornadoes.
If you're anything like me, you find all of the above heart-wrenching, anxiety-provoking and cause for restless nights.
It's hard enough to face the problems that the world and our nation present us.
Even harder is when adversity comes close to home. When it affects someone we know, a friend, a family member or even ourselves. Suddenly all the world's troubles pale as you begin to see the impact on your life and adjust to whatever is now your 'new normal.'
Life is tough for all of us. Bad things happen to good people and good things happen to bad people. All the time.
None of us is exempt. Your mountain may be taller than my mountain, but I can assure you we both have mountains to climb.
How do you stay sane in the face of adversity?
First - by accepting that bad things always do and always will happen. Whether they are big or small, troubles will surely find you.
However, once you acknowledge that fact, you are one step closer to being able to handle them when they do come. Knowing your next trouble is likely right around the corner mentally prepares you to face those challenges when they come. You know that your current happiness is not guaranteed, therefore you endeavor to FULLY enjoy where you are while you are there. And you fully expect that something will happen in some form or another real soon.
You get the rest you need and make sure you are as healthy and well-nourished as possible - knowing you will need those resources to face whatever is coming. You don't worry about those troubles because you know there's nothing you can do to head them off.
You've done the best you can to be a good citizen, a good human being, a good parent, friend, daughter, son, etc. You have done no ill will towards anyone or made amends if you were made aware of it. You are simply the best you can be in all aspects of your life (even if your 'best' ain't always too pretty).
Whatever happens, whatever is coming is not your fault. It's simply a consequence of being a human being and living in this world. It is not personal, it is not meant to break you, it just IS. It's the common condition of being in this world.
So how do you stay sane in the face of adversity?
By accepting that challenges will come, preparing yourself, not worrying about things you cannot change and by resting assured that in your life you've done your best.
Nothing more can be done beyond that.