While at the bookstore, I saw a book titled, "The Worst Case Survival Handbook." In full disclosure, I've never read the book and cannot recommend it, but I liked the title. It also provides teachable moments.
As we move in life, the unexpected does happen. When these unexpected events occur, often times we feel ourselves knocked for a loop and shaken. Instead of getting up and planting our feet, we get on the haunted ride of the vicious circle which is fueled by our core beliefs. Then things start to spiral.
In CBT, we aim to recognize black and white thinking and core beliefs. Imagine a book in jest about the worst things that could ever happen and how to get yourself out of them. What if in life we did the same thing?
Through recovery, we learn to deal with disappointments and have a plan B ahead of time just in case things don't work out the way we planned. Sometimes we have to have a plan C, D, and E. We might not make it into the college of our dreams on the first try, that's why many people apply to more than one college.
Learning to be flexible and how to adapt to changes and fluctuations is the key to survival.