In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, one of the more pressing questions I’m asking myself is, what else should I do to make it through the storm?
What else can I do?
As I look at the list of items I have to do, I’m realizing that I am far more likely to get stuck in a cycle of inaction if I’m not able to get out and do something about it.
It’s not that I don’t want to do something; I want to get things done.
But, to be honest, I have very little to do to improve my odds of making it through a storm like Sandy.
There are a few reasons for this.
I’m a busy person, and my mind is constantly working on things that are either beyond my control or are outside my ability to do.
This can create a mental fog that makes it hard to think about the immediate needs of others and to plan ahead.
For example, I don, by and large, think about my needs as urgent.
But I am often aware that my needs are more urgent than they seem.
If I’m on vacation, I might be tempted to forget about my day and think about how I can help myself.
But my brain often wants to get back to the task at hand.
I’ve even come to realize that if I’ve spent the last few hours thinking about the next vacation, then it would be better to focus on what I can do to help others.
And this can be difficult when I’m stressed.
When I’m in a panic mode, my brain tries to do what it can to make my life easier and more pleasant.
But if I can’t think of anything to do for the next few hours, I will get stressed and I will feel overwhelmed.
In order to help myself cope with the stress of the next couple of days, I’ve started writing down my thoughts, feelings, and intentions about the situation and what I think will be most helpful to others.
The goal is to find out what’s most important to me, to identify what I need, and then do something to make sure that it is.
So, what does that mean for me?
First, I want my brain to think more clearly about what is important to my survival.
If my thoughts and feelings are too vague, it can feel like I am doing nothing.
But when I get stuck, I need to focus more on the immediate need and prioritize it over the long-term.
So my thoughts are: What will I do with the food that I have left?
How will I get rid of the water that I can use for drinking?
What are my best and worst ways of dealing with the situation?
What do I need right now to help me get through it?
If I have an emergency plan, I’ll make sure it’s simple enough to follow so that I’m always ready.
The second point is to think critically about what I am going to do if I do need to take a step back.
I need my brain’s guidance and support in order to do the things I need or want to accomplish.
If the information I am receiving from my friends or family is wrong or out of date, then I need a second opinion.
I want a second, unbiased opinion.
If that’s not possible, then a friend or family member will be able to give me a second chance.
Third, I would like to know what other people will do in the future to help.
For instance, I was reading a blog post on a storm-affected website and was struck by the following: “The only thing we can do for others is to try to be nice to each other.”
I thought, “That’s so sad.
If we’re going to help each other, we better be nice.”
But then I thought about the advice from the Bible: “If anyone does not help those who are in need, he has no reward in this world.”
If anyone doesn’t help those in need in the world, he will get nothing.
So what should I be doing in the meantime?
I’m still not entirely sure what to do in order that I do help those people who are experiencing hardship and want to help the most.
But it is important for me to understand the situations I have been in and the problems I have experienced, so I can plan out a response that I think is most helpful for my own survival.
For now, I just want to think of how I am best positioned to make the most of the situation.
In addition to being able to take action to help people, I also want to learn about how the people I interact with will respond to my actions.
I have a friend who works as a social worker, and she said that one of her first questions is whether or not anyone has any concerns about her coming into work.
I think that’s an important question to ask.
And it may not be the most important question, but it is an important one.
Because, in order for me not to lose sight of my immediate needs