“Let Us Have Faith” by Helen Keller, 1940Security is mostly a superstition.It does not exist in nature,nor do the children of men as a whole experience it.Avoiding danger is no safer in the long run than outright exposure.Life is either a daring adventure, or nothing.To keep our faces toward change andbehave like free spiritsin the presence of fate is strength undefeatable.
In the past few years most of us have experienced insecurity, particularly during this recession. You may not have been disposed of by an employer or had to close down a business, but you probably know someone who has gone through that experience. You may think your turn may come soon.
Taking action reduces the anxiety from insecurity
Based on my experience, you can reduce your stress and anxiety by taking positive action to change your situation. The world will change around you. You must adapt to that change and take action, however small, to improve your situation.
After I was disposed of by an employer, I suggested to my wife that we move halfway across the country to be closer to her family. I was ready for a change of scene; she was ready for a less work-oriented lifestyle. Moving your home is one of the top ten stressful life events (along with not having a job), but we were moving toward a new and hopefully better life.
Your employer isn’t secure, neither are you.
So far, our move to a new home in Des Moines, Iowa has been successful. I don’t wake up at 2 am gnawing on my insecurity anymore.
I’m working, but don’t have a job. Some people may cling to the false sense of security that a job gives them, but they should understand that all jobs are temporary. The world around them continues to change. They can become victims of that change or they can change with it. Working for a big employer may provide some buffer from the negative (and positive) changes in the world, but eventually even big corporations have to change or fail.