Is Your Life’s Foundation Strong, Or Is It Built On Terrible Sinking Sand?

Darrin Atkins
3 min readSep 17

You need to make sure that your emotional, social and personal lives are as strong as steel

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“We had to move to another house," said a friend to me the other day.

“Why is that?" I asked. “You’ve been there for twenty years or more."

“The homes in our neighborhood were built on sinking sand. First, there were big cracks in the neighbor’s windows. Then it was another neighbor.”

“Sorry to hear that," I replied.

“Of course we sold and then we had to disclose it to the buyer."

I got to thinking about this the other day. Life is full of these situations, often not having to do with real foundations, concrete issues or sinking sand.

There are other foundations that are just as important as those under a house or building. These are the foundations of life that are social, financial, religious, spiritual or familial.

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How strong is your personal foundation?

These days, life can be very challenging and full of unexpected twists and turns. What are you going to do when something bad happens that you didn’t anticipate? How are you going to react when things get tough?

Here are some ideas:

  • Prepare for the worst. Take the time to think about the unthinkable. For example, let’s say you lose your job. What is your backup plan?
  • Build up your savings. Do everything you can to save as much as humanly possible.
  • Cut your expenses. Find ways to reduce or completely eliminate as many costs or bills as you can.
  • Increase your social network. Make new friends and reach out to others.
  • Contact your family. Call or message them on a regular basis.
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Your life foundation is more important that you can imagine. It will give you optimism when life drags you down. It will provide resilience when you need it most. And it will give you hope when you think all hope is gone.

You can improve your personal foundation every day. Instead of sinking sand that will destroy you, consider building up a solid powerful foundation that can withstand trials and tribulations.

Every day is a new opportunity to strengthen your foundation. Build more interpersonal connections. Improve your skills or education. Save more money and cut expenses quickly. Lastly, maintain good positive relationships with your loved ones.

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Darrin Atkins

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