This is a test; this is only a test; if my life were really this close to destruction there’d probably be some kind of warning sound, like bells, maybe a buzzer or some kind of loud thumping beat of a drum.

No, this is only a test.

Sure, I may be unemployed right now, at the worst possible moment, with the economy in turmoil and the holidays right around the corner, but this is only a test. Were I a lesser man this might have broken me, might have set me off in ways that would be unrecoverable; but that’s not the way this is going to unfold because this is only a test.

I will recover from this, and it will ultimately leave me a stronger, better person, but the only way that can happen is for me to remain aware that this is only a test.