So you have been laid off... You just got divorced... The children left home... Your health has shifted.. All are challenges with new horizons. We have to shift our focus now, but the key to surviving transition is to 'look up'.
Everything ends in this mortal existence. Whole genres of careers and businesses get outdated. The linear time line of life never stays the same as well, BUT the horizon is still out there.
I became particularly interested in how a shift in focus removes a lot of stress when I was only 16 and taking my driver's ed course. I had never driven while the others in my vehicle had snuck in time behind the wheel.
I was keenly aware of the line on the road. Those little white dashes that divide the road so that you know where you are suppose to drive.
It was HORRIBLE. I would watch each dash so focused on those lines that it was extremely stressful. If I did not predicted a curve in the road and went over the line everyone in the car was also aware of the danger, which added to my stress.
Why was this so hard for me? I was always an A student. I can learn fast but the road always seemed faster.
My instructor knew exactly what to tell me to do. He said simply, "look up and farther ahead"
That did it! No longer was I facing each of those little dashed lines as a constant challenge. I only had to look at the horizon to see the big picture and those little dashes were now something that fell into proper place.
When life keeps coming at you one intimidating white line after another, look up.. ignore the white lines (well put them on the fringe of your vision) and seek the horizon.
The panic leaves.. and you choose your horizon, since no one knows what the future holds pick one pretty and pink and promising and then work toward that.
With technology and life changing economically that is all we can do because none of us can survive if we just watch the white lines sail past.