the art of pre-panicking


At this particular moment on this particular day, I’m struggling to make sense of what exactly is going on. I’ve recently run into a number of setbacks and I feel like I’m at the point of pre-panic.

What is pre-panic?

Picture this: you’re driving along on a road, all is going well, it’s a nice day, music is great, birds are singing, hunky dory, etc. But look, there’s a bridge coming up. No big deal, except unbeknownst to you, the bridge is in bad shape. By the time you notice the bridge will leave you in a bad situation, you slam on the breaks.

But you hit the breaks too late, and you are now in that bad situation.

Pre-panic is that split second moment between realizing the danger and reacting to it. Sure, you can just not panic, but we’re all human… it’s something that just sneaks up on us like a well timed joke. While laughter helps you lose calories, panicking doesn’t do much of anything except maybe freak out or annoy others around you.

In my moment of pre-panic, while I’m driving in my car, I’m remembering that old saying about Jesus being my passenger (or the driver? I can’t remember which) but either way, I look over to realize everything is going to be alright. For all I know, the broken down bridge is probably part of the journey. Perhaps I need to pull over for a little while and wait for the bridge to be repaired. Maybe it’s safer to walk across the bridge. Or just maybe there’s another route around it altogether.

The point of the pre-panic is not to panic at all. Ultimately, when using that moment in time wisely, any “freaking out” will be to a minimum if none at all. Another word for it: rationalizing. But when was the last time you remember rationalizing and panicking at the same time?

While I don’t yet know at this point how I’m going to overcome this adversity, I do know that everything is going to be alright. God has brought me this far, I know he’s not going to leave me stranded for too long.

Posted in Uncategorized

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,515 other followers

Follow the indoob! network on WordPress.com
January 2012
S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  
Blog Stats
  • 30,327 hits
  • 2021 oscar predictions April 21, 2021
    Sterling predicts who will win in this year's Academy Awards. There's a moment during Best Costume that Sterling blanks on a name... Keira Knightley is the actress's name that is escaping him. Read the predictions here!
  • 144. cheesy regrets April 14, 2021
    Lots to discuss in this episode including a PSA for the youngins about getting older, several Black history facts including Eartha Kitt and Dr. Huey P. Newton, Sheboygan scooters are coming, and the added benefit of wearing masks everywhere. Whilst this episode may come off as a little blue, or green, the Word Watch is "fart." Read about its fun hi […]
  • 143. limited chicky nuggies March 31, 2021
    Stephanie Williams (@steph_i_will) is back to reclaim visiting the pod the most, as Sterling and Kortney enlighten her on Cinnamon Toast Shrimp. The BHF goes to space when NASA honors Octavia E. Butler with a spot on Mars. (See full story here) Sterling shares a new (old) meaning to the word "twig" and later shares an update from Berto right out of […]
<span>%d</span> bloggers like this: