Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Fear, panic, and hysteria!
Some things just bug me. You know the type of thing that gets under your skin, makes you wake up at night, makes you compose arguments, makes you crazy?
I've been fighting that feeling a bit, so I liked this quote from a Daily Slang widgit:
Snow hysteria: When the populace's fear of a snowstorm creates traffic jams and general panic way before any flakes even fall. Usually turns out to be a totally disproportionate response to a minor snowstorm.
We don't get snow hysteria in So Cal. (It was 38 degrees last night: brrrrr.)
But I fight these things: work hysteria and relationship hysteria. (These things don't require snow.)
What helped me in the quote above was this phrase: "Usually turns out to be a totally disproportionate response to a minor snowstorm."
Ahhhh... a totally disproportionate response to a minor event.
That's what I sometimes fight. I forget what the cover of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy says: Don’t Panic!
Just thinking that my response might be totally disproportionate helped me get a bit more perspective and a bit more relaxed, less hysterical.
Note to self: Beware of allowing minor fears escalate into a disproportionate response of panic and mild hysteria. Beware of snow hysteria and its look-a-like cousins.