Obsessing about storm and election properly

Are you obsessing about the storm and the election? Here are some tips on how to do it properly from @pourmecoffee's mom:

Overview

As a service to many who are struggling to properly obsess over both the election and hurricane, I have consulted with my mom, a recognized Thought Leader in the field.

Key concepts - read full explanation here.:

•Blur.
Focus is the enemy of anxiety.

•Find connections.
It can be difficult to effectively worry about a large number of discrete items.

•Establish themes.
Bad things happen to good people is not a lament; it's a coda.

•Build your network.
Surrounding yourself with positive, well-adjusted people can shine a light on your sadness and turn your paralysis into positive action.

•Think globally, obsess locally.
Don't limit yourself to problems in your area or that you have anything to do with or can do anything at all about.

•Conclusion: Sometimes it can be overwhelming trying to stay overwhelmed. Don't let that happen to you. Plan ahead and you will join the gloomy ranks of Master Worriers.


Or perhaps as an antidote say this prayer from A New Zealand Prayer Book based on Psalm 127:2

It is but lost labor
that we haste to rise up early
and so late take rest,
and eat the bread of anxiety.
For those beloved of God
are given gifts even while they sleep.

Comments (5)

Good to see one American family's preparation for storm&election this week included time worshipping the Almighty:

http://news.yahoo.com/photos/president-barack-obama-walks-st-johns-episcopal-church-photo-163526435--election.html

JC Fisher

Come on, Mr President, COME OUT and admit it: you're an Episcopalian! ;-)

Worry: What if power outages in my area from the storm last through election day knocking out our voting machines?

Lois, each state writes its own election laws. Thus, in most cases the governor or a state court has the authority to extend voting as long as necessary. Of course, that may happen in one state and not another. Let's hope the authorities don't check the vote count before making their decision!

TJ Hudson+

Thank you, Brother Tom. And thank God - that means I have even more to obsess about - whether or not my state extends voting, whether or not some that should don't, and whether or not the decision is based on the vote count so far. Plenty to worry about there.
But seriously, I'm already weary of watching the news on the storm, which is upon us and is acting very strangely. And I no longer watch or listen to campaign ads or the news about the campaigns. So I can spend all my energy worrying who will be my president. But instead I'm spending my energy on trying to get through this presidential election season without showing my hand as to for whom I am going to vote so the people I serve won't get mad at me and the fed won't come after me for failing to separate church and state. And it's really hard to do because I want to shout it from the housetops - I support X!

Thanks for the advice. I'm guilty of obsessing over my grandson on Roosevelt Island just off Manhattan, and this election which has so divided our country. I'll use the tips and the prayer. Betty Bessler

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