Relax, already!


I’m not very political. I recently filled out a dating profile that had a section on “most favorite” and “least favorite” things. In the former there was a segment for “Political Figure”. My answer to it was “can I put this in the least favorite category?” I’m not politically active. I vote, but any time a conversation turns to politics, I tend to tune out, move on or go as quickly as possible in the other direction.

Part of politics is telling the public what they should be concerned about. Two big things have happened this year to make us panic – the recession and swine flu. Or at least the powers that be tell us that we should be panicking. I have no problem with being aware of what’s going on in the world, but come on, if we weren’t so focused on such things, they wouldn’t be so big!

If we hadn’t dwelt on the recession for the last 4 months, people wouldn’t be as uptight as they are about their jobs and their lives in general. We’ve been through this many times before, and we’ve survived. And those with some foresight and positive thinking have actually made the best of it. Some of the most successful business such as FedEx were formed during recessions.

The best thing about the H2N1 or swine flu is that we’ve stopped talking about the recession. But I mean, really, 1000’s of people die every year from flu, and this one has people freaking out. School boards are canceling trips to places like Spokane. People are running to the doctor with so much as a small cough. Yes, take precautions. Don’t go to Mexico for a bit, wash your hands (as you should anyway) but keep living!

So let’s all take a moment to breathe. Relax. See the positive side of things. Smile. Take a look at all the good in your life. Be thankful for your health, your prosperity (yes, we are still prosperous), the possibilities of life. Embrace your loved ones, call an old friend, make a new friend. Enjoy the gorgeous spring weather. Life is too short to worry about things beyond your control. Do what you can and let the rest of the chips fall where they may.

You deserve the good things, so focus on them and they will come to you.