The Worst That Can Happen

"It’s a huge step forward to realize that the worst thing to happen is never the event, but the event and losing your head." (Ryan Holiday)

You’re facing a financial deficit, for instance, and you’re afraid you won’t be able to pay the bills. What’s the worst that can happen? Go ahead and take it to an extreme level.

“Well, we get so far in debt we have to sell one of our cars to make ends meet, I’ll have to take on some extra work, and we’ll eventually lose our house and have to move into some cheap rental.” Or, perhaps it’s this: “We’ll lose everything and have to declare bankruptcy, crushing our credit for at least 7 years, and we’ll have to move in with your mother.”

Okay, all of that would certainly be awful. But two thoughts:

  1. What are the odds that the worst will actually come to pass? Think about it—how many times in your life has the absolute worst come to fruition? Hardly ever, if at all.

  2. Even if the worst did happen, that wouldn’t actually be the worst thing. The worst thing, as Holiday’s quote above reminds us, would be to go through all of that and lose yourself in the process. That means freaking out, cratering emotionally, and continually screaming at those closest to you.

Good thinking, good feeling, and good relating are certainly affected by our circumstances. But they are also the very best skills we can use to change those circumstances (and enjoy good relationships along the way).

Recent Posts

See All

A Magic Wand for the World

"Difficulties are meant to rouse, not discourage. The human spirit is to grow strong by conflict.” (William Ellery Channing) If you had a magic wand, one which could change the world’s thinking abo

It's Getting Tense These Days

"But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word 'tension'. There is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth.” (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) To say things can g

She's not your better half

"Intimacy cannot happen between non-equals." (Dr. David Schnarch) Yesterday we examined the danger of seeing yourself as better than your spouse. Today we look at the opposite danger: seeing your spo

Contact Info

Tel: 678-672-6410

Email: ​

  • Facebook Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon

Site designed by Brendan Kaplan