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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Be Prepared

Life is full of surprises.

Some of them are wonderful. Some, not so much.

Those not-so-wonderful surprises might be a little less not-so-wonderful if we were prepared for them.

But first, start being prepared for the non-surprises. You know there are certain things that you have to do for tomorrow. A lunch needs to be packed, or clothes ironed.

Are you ready?

How about next week? Next month?

Now, think about the kind of surprises your life usually throws you. There are some "surprises" you can anticipate.

Your ride is often late. Carry bus fare.

You use your cell phone a lot, and the battery runs down. Carry a spare.

Then there are the true surprises, the ones that come out of nowhere. How can you be ready for those?

There are things you can do. I find there are few surprises I can't handle with a little ready cash (or an ATM card) and a cell phone, even in the "alien" environment I live in in south China.

Whatever you might need, figure it out, and don't leave home without it.

Have a plan. Run scenarios in your head. Be prepared.

And when life's little surprises come, they won't take so much out of you.

You'll be happier.

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