Better The Devil You Know, Than The Devil You Don't

When it comes to problems and challenges in our lifetime, many of us can feel that urge to put our head in the sand and hope it goes away. Perhaps you’re being bullied at work, or you are having trouble with a relative, or perhaps your child has taken ill.

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These things can be debilitating, and while there are excellent steps to push you forward to the best resolution or necessity of care, doing so can feel overwhelming. And yet, it’s important to hold onto hope and keep yourself looking forward to a more positive future. We often think this is something that happens automatically, but no, it takes real discipline and effort to do this, no matter how beneficial the results are.

To that end, it can be a worthwhile venture should someone offer you advice in this manner. On top of that, it’s best to keep yourself as aware as possible when moving forward to a better solution. Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t after all. Here’s what that might look like in practice:

Informing Yourself

Inform yourself regarding the issues you face. This is the best way to help you put them in their proper place, to feel the most informed, and also to know what your options are. For example, you might think you know what cancer is. You may have had relatives struggle with it in the past, and so you know the symptoms intimately. But what is cancer? What could you learn about it? How can you learn about the different types of cancer that might be affecting you or another, or even your pet? Even if the options or solutions do not change, knowing what something is and how it affects you can avoid you making the worst monster out of it. This can also help you begin to make your peace with it as you search for help making it through.

Keeping Your Options Open

When experiencing a difficult, keeping your options open is an important measure to take. Never think that you know too much in order for you to follow a certain solution. For example, there are many very depressed people out there who do not wish to take medication due to how they feel it might harm their brain in the long run, and yet if they are hanging by a threat with that illness, they might not have the luxury of deciding to reject the help they get. When you keep your options open, you also keep your mind open, too.

Staying True To Yourself

When you learn the most about something affecting you, you can stay true to yourself in the best possible sense. You will be much more likely to stay positive and to make the decisions that you are comfortable with, rather than those out of fear, worry, shame or anger.

With this advice, you’re certain to find more comfort in the devil you know than the devil you don’t. But more importantly, you will have a better self-maintaining attitude about all of this.


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