One of the useful perspectives in dealing with the onslaught of information we are experiencing is a commitment to distinguish facts from speculation. There are so many guesses about what is going to happen and what we should be doing, that it can become overwhelming and discouraging. Even though we want to be informed, and we don’t want to miss important pieces of information, much of the time it is difficult to distinguish between what comes from a credible source or is reliable and what is speculation and fear.

We don’t know what is going to happen in the future. That is always true, but now more true than ever. Not knowing leads to an undefined kind of fear. And we begin to feel helpless and hopeless. This is never useful. And when we drift into the future with apprehension and doubt, we feel we are subject to what happens to us, instead of feeling that we have any control over our lives at all.

What we can do is begin to build visions of what we can build, what we can control, and what we can do. We can rethink how we have been living and change what wasn’t working and commit ourselves to lives that reflect what matters to us. We don’t know what we will be able to do, but we don’t have to drift completely. We can imagine possibilities. We can create ideas and pictures and dreams. We can put our efforts and energies into the directions we want and doggedly pursue visions of a better world.

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I am a psychotherapist with a private practice in downtown Chicago.
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