“…I’ve looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose and still somehow, it’s life’s illusions I recall, I really don’t know life at all.”—Joni

I’m sure there are plenty of books that proclaim: “The Top 10 Ways to Handle an Unexpected Catastrophe.”  But when you’re suddenly blindsided by a career or life altering tornado you’re not going to run off and buy a book! At least not until the dust settles and you have the time to read it.

And while it’s true that during hard times we often feel like we’re alone, out of control and losing ground, it is also nevertheless true that when an artist/trep is up against the wall she will immediately begin to conjure up ideas, invent solutions and explore options right on the spot. I’ve often said that whenever I’m confounded with challenging circumstances I much prefer a creative thinking pro by my side, even if it’s a sudden, life threatening medical challenge! And of course I rely on the advice and coaching from expert specialists! But I also seek out the wisdom of those proven, qualified writers, thinkers and pros who dive into the deep end of the pool and explore the uncharted depths of unlimited possibilities.

I don’t know the answers and I don’t have a top 10 list. We all get slammed in different ways. I do know that while the fear and confusion is very real, what’s most important is how we react to it. When I am hit with an unexpected catastrophe I immediately try to hunker down, take heed and surround myself with my inner circle. I move out that which does not serve the moment and slam the door on gossip and rumor. Then I diligently scour the global infosphere for factual guidance. I also let my emotions run free on their own without any concern about being appropriate. In fact, being appropriate is the last thing I’m concerned about when I’m swimming in the dark sea surrounded by sharks!

Important because when we find ourselves standing toe-to-toe with the demon of disaster the best thing we can do is trust the experiences we’ve had to teach us, honor the knowledge we’ve acquired to lead us, have confidence in our talents, abilities & skills to support us and have faith in that “deeper wisdom” we’ve attained to help us navigate the perplexing labyrinth we’ve unexpectedly found ourselves lost in.

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