Sunday, August 23, 2009

Waiting for the Next Shoe to Drop?

Why is that so many people, including me, are under this weird sort of TENSION right now? Yes, the economy is bad. Really bad, especially in some parts of the country like Michigan, Florida and California where we have cousins barely able to make it right now in local economies that make ours look prosperous.

And yes, even those with jobs are afraid of losing them. And I know of this personally because my husband Bob is slated to lose his. They're shutting down his department and outsourcing it. We just don't know exactly when yet. So we're waiting for the shoe to drop.

But still . . . there's more . . . an unspoken tension in the air that is almost touchable. People on the road - driving much more aggressively than usual. Bickering. Back biting. Negativity. Maybe it's just me, but I'm noticing it more. I'm trying to shake it off, be positive. But sometimes I just wish I could stay in bed under a sheet and hide all day.

Sorry for this dive into self-pity. I just sense the overwhelmingness of what so many people are going through, and a fear somehow that I should be preparing for something - a BIG transition.

Hey, this is my Sunday. One more day to rest, and finish errands, chores etc. Maybe the shoe isn't really there. And maybe looking at it doesn't help. There are so many people buried under way more than shoes. Comparatively, I have few worries.


Elysbeth said...

All worries are personal, that's what keeps us human. I'm sorry to hear about Bob. ((hugs))

I've been attributing the driving to self absorption, poor planning, and cell phones.

Enjoy the rest of the day, after all, all you can do is all you can do.

taffyyarn said...

When Cinderella's shoe dropped it was for the better in the long run...hang in there... things have to get better , they just have to!

ColorJoy LynnH said...

Worry is not action. See what you can do with the moment, to make things better.

Walking is a real help for tension-busting. There is actually a physiological connection between mental calmness and opposing-arm/leg motion. I highly recommend a walk when you feel edgy. It's medicine with no side effects.

So sorry about hubby's uncertainty. If it helps at all, I know that every time I have gone to a new job, it has taken me toward something better.

Once I took a temp job for a lot less money, but that job turned into permanent and then it turned into people I met who have boosted me to later good things.

Be yourself, and good will come about. Integrity and standing tall will reward you 100-fold in the end.


Kim Smith said...

So sorry about the impending job loss for your husband, Chelle. I hope he's able to get back on his feet quickly.

As for the aggressive drivers, I've been feeling the same thing. I try to remind myself to be more cautious because drivers around me may be more stressed than usual. It helps me deal with some of the stupid stuff they do. (I still get mad at people driving like zombies while they talk on the phone though!)

Yes, times are very hard now and we all have worries, but things WILL get better...they always do. It's just a matter of taking care of yourself so you can deal with the stress. ((Hugs))

UniquelymeNana said...

I know what you mean. Even though my husband and I are disabled vet's we have noticed a lot of tension. People being down right mean and driving like they have no brains. I pray that things will start to get better.