You are worried for a very good reason.
You’ve learned that Ashley Madison, the infamous adultery website, has been hacked. You’ve read with growing horror of the very real possibility that the names and personally identifying information of all Ashley Madison users may soon be made public, including photographs, chat logs and all the special interests and sexual fantasies that people use to describe themselves when looking for partners.
You are worried because you are one of the names on that list.
It doesn’t matter if millions of others are also. This is about you.
You are living with the dread of imminent exposure and imagining what it will do to you, your business, your family.
You may be swinging back and forth between obsessing that your life is ruined, to reassuring yourself that you are going to be ok, that maybe the threat isn’t real. One way or the other you are likely to know the truth in a few days.
Here’s the deal: you don’t have to live this way… This can be your wake-up call.
You can have a life in which you no longer have to worry when the phone rings, when your spouse is near your phone or laptop, when the kids get online before you’ve cleared your history. You don’t have to ignore that feeling you feel when you look in the mirror, the feeling of being a fake.
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Maybe you can handle this thing. Maybe you can’t. Maybe you are not sure.
But one thing is certain. You’re worried. You’re scared.
No matter what you did, you’re not alone. Hope exists, and one day you will be able to look back at this time when you feel so powerless and afraid and realize it was the start of a new way of living.
Thanks to Bill Herring for the language and the inspiration.