Preparing For the Worst

There is always a part of my mind that is preparing for the worst, and another part of my mind that believes if I prepare enough for it, the worst won’t happen. Kay Redfield Jamison, American clinical psychologist and author

My husband, Ken, is in hurricane preparation mode. The season officially starts June first here in southwest Florida and after the horrific destruction last September from Hurricane Irma, we are preparing even more diligently this year. Three levels of outdoor furniture stored in the garage, sandbags placed in front of sliding doors (even those with shutters), outdoor pots  placed in the yard away from the house, etc. Just filling the sandbags is a big job!

Ken is taking on the house preparation but, in general, I too am a person who prepares for worst case scenario situations. I think it comes from the early loss of my mother. I learned very early that bad things, not only can, but do happen. I’ve always had what I call a “contingency plan.” Even as a little kid, my plan if something happened to my dad was to “run away”. I didn’t have the details nailed down but the fact I had a plan allowed me to move forward with my life. Now, I have end of life plans. Preparation brings me peace.

Affirmation: I plan ahead.

Coaching questions: What preparations do you need to make to give yourself peace of mind? What will it take for you to make these plans?



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