Don’t Panic

Panic. If I could use one word to sum up a theme for the world over the past couple weeks, this would be the word. And of course my day job just happens to be I the Financial industry so there is no shortage of panic there either. I don’t want to belittle this latest coronavirus as I do see it as an issue, we, the world, need to take seriously, but I also realize we cannot control every possible variable.

I am a planner by nature. In fact, one of the only things I find it difficult to plan is my writing. I like control and I like contingency plans. I also know when I simply have to let go. I know we can prepare as best as possible in many situations but even then, we may miss something. As such, I am amazed to see how illogical some of the reactions are to this recent outbreak. From the evidence thus far, this virus is not the end of the world. Will it have some impact globally? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean we need to cash out our life savings ( just think of how much you are losing to tax impact based on a couple weeks of speculation and no hard and true numbers) and it doesn’t mean we walk into our nearby Walmart and buy up there entire supply of disinfectant spray (true story that happened near me).

Moral of the story? We are an intelligent species and sometimes we need to let logic rule emotions—this being one of those times. Sure, build a bit if a cash cushion until the chaos blows over, especially if you are concerned about economic impact. Buy a few cleaning products, keep your hands out of your eyes, nose and mouth and when all else fails, wash your hands!

Happy writing this week!

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