The U.S. spent $100B to ensure the swing of a second hand turning the millennium, did not crash the modern computer infrastructure during the run-up to Y2K. Pending hurricanes quickly clear store shelves of plywood, batteries, bottled water, milk, bread, and toilet paper. Insurance and financial advisers pitch solutions to mitigate catastrophe and reach personal goals.
How do you prepare for the storms of life during times of calm?
The teenage years are tumultuous for families; no one gets out unscathed. How do you invest in your children to reduce potential conflicts? Do you have a duck and run mindset or are you intentional about discussions today to build inroads for tomorrow?
The human body can suffer nearly boundless abuse, but time and the rigor of living take its toll. The complex system of systems strives to compensate for the weakest link in the system and overcome the exploitation we introduce. Decisions about sleep, diet, movement, exercise, stress, pollution and a myriad of other stressors badger us daily, What choices do you put on auto-pilot to reduce decision fatigue? How are you investing in your body and mind to prepare for tomorrow's challenges?
My tendency is to withdraw from relationships during struggles. Intellectually, I know this intimacy is a primary benefit of relationships, and yet I succumb to the temptation to retreat to my man cave and fight the battles on my own. We realize the benefits of friendships through transparency and vulnerability, yet ego and shame rail against the pursuit. How do you invest in relationships? What trials do you resist outside help to endure? What do you gain by not reaching out for help?
Other trails include young children, finances, career, kid's college, retirement, and relationships. What other struggles are close to you? What challenges do you see on the horizon in 1, 5, 10, or 30 years? How are you making decisions today to lessen the magnitude tomorrow? How did you successfully prepare for a trial in the past? How do your results encourage your preparations?