When a radically bad news call comes in regarding your work, step back and breathe. Go for a long walk. Take it in, and look at it as though you’re having an out-of-body experience. Relax your muscles. Smile. Think of some fun event you experienced as a kid.
Slowly, gently step back into the situation. Think about what you know. Realize that a new world has begun for you, and the old world is gone. Don’t try to pretend that the old world is coming back.
Gently, steadily step into the new world. Go forward with the wisdom you’ve gained up to this point. It’s a new adventure now. It might mean starting over. And that’s okay also. You’re starting over, but not from where you were in the past. Rather from where you are today.
The new adventure will be just that: a journey into the unknown. It’s going to be okay.