Whenever I help a child who has gotten themselves stuck in something (arm stuck through banister posts and won't come out, jump rope twisted tightly around arm, climbed too high on playground equipment and afraid to come down, etc. - you can imagine the situations) I always tell them this story while I calmly work to free them:
When I was a little girl in 5th grade, I was swinging on the swing set in my backyard. I was alone. I was playing on the rings (not a swing) and somehow got myself all turned upside down and got my feet and legs all tangled up in the chains ABOVE me. I was hanging upside down and I was afraid!! I called and CALLED to my mom to come rescue me! I YELLED out for my mom to come and free me and let me loose! I yelled and yelled -- but no one came. Then, I was MAD. Why wasn't anyone coming to help me? Why wasn't I being rescued? I was afraid. I was still alone. So, I calmed down. Calllllllllllmed down. I reached my hands up toward the chains and got my body up in a higher position, so the chains loostened. I worked myself out of the tangle of chains, and then I jumped down to the ground. I was free! I rescued myself by being CALM and WORKING ON A SOLUTION.
I learned that anything that happens can UNhappen. If you get yourself INTO a fix, you can get yourself OUT of a fix -- if you stay calm and work on a solution.
By this point in my story, the child I am assisting is no longer crying, and sometimes is even laughing! Picturing May, Jane and Irene's MOM in such an entanglement as a KID is a funny image! LOL!
I am hoping that each time I impart this story, and help them get out of their own mess, that each kid learns to STAY CALM AND WORK ON THE SOLUTION the next time they are in a jam.
Every situation you get into, you can get out of.
If you get STUCK you can get UNSTUCK.
I wish I could impart my story to our country's financial leaders and to EVERY person who has a financial investment of any sort in this country. To each person involved in any way with the stock market.
If we would leave the fear and panic, and REMAIN CALM and WORK ON A SOLUTION, then I feel that our country's financial situation would improve immediately.