Douglas Adams made those words famous in “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.”
Arthur C. Clarke said Douglas Adams’ use of “don’t panic” was perhaps the best advice that could be given to humanity.
In these times, I want to answer the telephone with those words sometimes and calm all those laid off, those wanting to cash in their 401ks to make the mortgage payment or ready to quit the pension to get ready cash back for bills.
I work in a call center helping employees with their benefits.
Callers seem a little bit more to the extremes these days – either really panicked or really laid back.
Myself, I’m missing a large chunk of hair on the back right side of my head that I’ve literally pulled out. Haven’t been able to write much either but that’s due to trying to adjust to structural change and paradigm shifts in my life.
Maybe that should read “Pair of Dime” shifts as I just spent the last two I found to put gas in my Jeep.
But God led me through the bankruptcy filing leaving me a lot of material items I deem important that God and others may not. My books, including the “Hitchhiker’s” series, are some of the said items.
Finances still worry me – especially my future. A lot of us are going to be working a bit longer than anticipated to bolster our retirement plans.
I’m waiting for President Bush to speak in hopes of some assurance even though I know he’s not who to look to when it’s time to calm a storm.
What’s panicking ya’ll out there reading this?
I encourage you to dump some of it off here and maybe find out “where your towel is.”