Everybody wants to be safe and secure at everybody else's expense. Vulnerability is the bane of the species. We are vulnerable and cannot bear the idea. The Old Testament has a line, "We run from a bear, and slam the door shut behind us, thinking we are safe at last, and a spider bites us." We think, "Now we have it made," and a heart attack nails us. Making our peace with the way things are is our first order of business, in a "This is the way things are, and this is what we can do about it, and that is the way things are," kind of way. The clearer we can be about what we fear is a good first step toward dealing with our fear. The second step is to sit quietly and consider the resources that reside within. Our essential nature and our innate virtues. We have to be clear about what we are good for, about who we are really in the way of our nature and character. Clarity is peace. Is balance. Is harmony. A lack of clarity is fear, terror, anxiety, angst. We have what it takes! We have to know that, believe that, trust that. We have made it this far! We have what it takes. Finding our way past the Clashing Rocks and the Crashing Waves of the Wine Dark Sea is our specialty! We are made for this kind of thing! We are built of rugged stuff! We came straight out of the Serengeti! Out of the caves and the steppes! We have dealt with Arctic cold And Sahara heat! There is nothing we have not done! We come from good stock! We. Have. What. It. Takes! Be clear about what is robbing you of your peace. Be clear about what you have access to in countering the destabilizing fear. And pick yourself up, and go about your business, with the confidence of the species as your heritage and your companion. You will not be bereft or abandoned. Your genes have seen it all before. Trust yourself to your genes and step boldly into your life, day after day. You will be amazed.