When seeking for encouragement yesterday, two of my friends asked me, “What’s the worst that can happen?” This is a counseling question and I’ve used it before. It’s always humbling when someone else uses it on me to calm my anxiety and fears. As you can imagine, this question forces me to articulate the most creative, but realistic worst case scenarios I’ve created in my head. I have found this helpful when I am going around in circles about a stressful matter and hypothesizing scenarios and my responses. After stating the worst case scenario, I usually realize how silly it sounds. It’s always along the lines of, “She’ll hate me,” “I’ll get fired,” or “He’ll think I want too much and am unrealistic.” More often than not, the scenario never happens! Think about all the energy and creative juices I’ve used towards a situation or person that is not deserving. I’d like to say that I’ve learned my lesson and won’t do this again, but the reality is that I will. (Any other suggestions??) It is sad even writing that I will. So I encourage you, as well as myself, to always think about “what’s the worst that can happen?” when approaching fearful situations and people.