Chaos: Surviving, thriving or hitting the reset?

Bob Panzer
Bob Panzer

We are living in a time of many challenges. People are filled with anger over migrant labor, low farm prices, trade wars, political unrest, social class warfare, disinformation via electronic communication, and other irritations and life disrupters.

These are just some of the factors that have the global population agitated. Recently, I was reading an article on The Scottish Famer website about the anger being expressed by Scottish farmers. Scotland, being part of the United Kingdom, is dealing with the Brexit issue that voters passed about 13 months ago.

Scottish farmers believe that the United Kingdom leaving the European Union will result in devastation for rural Scotland with land prices falling 30% and that only 10% of farmers will survive. A former Tory leader, Struan Stevenson, has warned Scottish farmers and consumers that they will soon face U.S. beef produced with hormone growth promoters and chlorine washed chickens on their grocery shelves. Scottish farmers believe Brexit will result in substandard products coming into their country and will destroy their agricultural industry.

Labor, and especially farm labor, is another issue in rural Scotland according to The Scottish Farmer website. With Brexit there is a belief that eastern European transient labor will no longer be available to the large Scottish fruit and vegetable industry as in the past. Smaller farmers see the labor issue as a self-made problem and believe they will be able to compete with the lack of outside labor to harvest fruit and vegetable crops on large farms. Small farmers believe that the transient labor has been exploited by large producers. The fact of the matter is that fruit and vegetable prices would soar without east European laborers.

The above 2 examples could be written here in Wisconsin with farm labor shortages, threats of lost markets, one type of producer expressing displeasure on the production practices of other producers, and the threat of economic disaster if action isn’t taken soon to prop up production.

What is an individual to do with chaos driving: markets, human action, political agendas, and filling the Internet and other media?

It is very difficult to thresh through the news of each day. It is up to each of us to decide how we approach each day. The choice is yours each and every day. How you spend your time and money is important to how you deal with the chaos of the day.

It is important to get sound information and advice on the decisions that impact your family and business. Think about what is important to you and your family. Think about what is important to your job or business. Think about what is important to your outside interests.

On the business side of life, it is important to use others to help sort out the overload. Use sound legal advice, sound business advisors, and industry people that you can trust. Trust, but verify what they are telling you and advising you. Use a life coach or mentor to help you develop and grow.

If you are poor at record keeping or getting the monthly bills paid on time, consider hiring a firm that can do this for you. Nothing can ruin your business reputation more than not paying your bills on time and not having up-to-date financial statements. Poor credit scores are generally an indicator of other things not getting done as required in life. Avoid adding chaos to a world filled with chaos.

On the family side of life there are many things that create chaos. Setting priorities is a start to organizing a better family life. In my years of teaching school I soon realized that many students suffered from a very chaotic family life. Fighting over issues can often lead to more issues to fight over. The more destructive behavior that gets pointed out by others the higher the walls get and the greater the fights become and the denials stronger.

It is ok to ask others to help you out when encountering family issues. In the rural community where I live, teen suicide and depression is a major issue for the public school to deal with day in and day out. Drug abuse, abusive relationships, economic collapse and other issues are often not dealt with by families. There is help available, but too often walls are built around those that need the assistance.

Each of us deals with chaos differently. Consider what choices you make on dealing with it.