Chances are, many of you reading this have not been stranded in a remote location and had to rely on your fire and rope lashing skills to survive. It's rare that the average person is placed in a "life or death" scenario, yet many times we go through seasons of life where our next step seems daunting.
If you have kids, you've probably felt this way. A stressful or demanding occupation can do it too. But sometimes our long term goals, planning, and even the thought of tomorrow is too overwhelming. Our situation at hand requires all our energy and attention, so we go into survival mode.
That doesn't mean we make a shelter out of tree limbs and hide in the back yard, it means we focus on getting through the day, the hour, just this next 60 seconds, without collapsing on the floor. It seems silly, it's not like we're fighting off a bear. But the modern world can bring powerful stressors and a heavy weight to our minds and bodies. It's ok if you don't have the energy to wash the dishes, plan tomorrow's lunch, or work on that paper due Friday. Focus on getting through today, and don't feel guilty about it.