***Michael Hyatt*** - Spouse Thinks Y2K Is Hype? -greenspun.com : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread
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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 1999 Spouse thinks Y2K is hype?
Almost everyday I receive an e-mail from someone whose spouse thinks Y2K is nothing but hype. (I also often hear this from church members about their pastors, too.) They want to know how they can convince them that Y2K needs to be taken seriously.
Let me suggest several ideas:
1.Provide documentation on the problem. As you are surfing the Internet and reading various Y2K articles, print off the ones that you feel are particularly compelling. These can be especially effective when they are from a credible source, backed up by the facts and solid statistics.
Suggest that your spouse read them.
2.Don't be pushy or argumentative. Be careful when discussing Y2K. If you are not vigilant, you can fall prey to the temptation to become argumentative. Y2K is not your religion, and you don't need to defend it like it is. You don't want to win the battle and lose the war. Your job is to deliver the message. It's up to them to decide what to do with it.
3.Avoid making predictions about the future. One of the things that both the nay-sayers and the doom-sayers have in common is that they both claim to know more about the future than is possible for anyone to know, given the facts that we have. We don't know whether Y2K will be a speed bump or a train wreck. To pretend otherwise is arrogant and irrational. Stubbornly stick to the middle ground. Preparation is the only prudent response to an uncertain future.
4.Keep moving quietly forward. Don't wait on your spouse, but, on the other hand, don't openly defy or challenge them either. There may be some things you can't do without your spouse's blessing or involvement, but there is plenty you can do on your own. Quietly prepare and keep moving forward. You can only do what you can do.
5.Pray for him or her. Perhaps it sounds trite, but this must undergird all your efforts. The battle is the Lord's. You must trust in Him to work in your spouse's heart.
-- snooze button (email@example.com), December 09, 1999
(6). Ask yourself this question: Is the messenger in business for financial gain?' Michael Hyatt is in the food business. He peddles food packages through his Y2K Prep site.
-- Ready (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 09, 1999.
Ready, Gee, you're right. Michael Hyatt should do all the work he's done for nothing. In fact, why does anyone take a salary for whatever work they do? I don't trust them.
-- Mara (MaraWayne@aol.com), December 09, 1999.
The ones I really don't trust are the doctors... diagnosing heart disease or cancer just so they can make a buck. Shame on them.
-- Linda (email@example.com), December 09, 1999.
Hey, wait-a-minute! I've just realised that CEO's and even (gasp!) politicians get paid to promote themselves and maintain the status quo.
But... that means... they might be biased? Oh no!
Seriously though, isn't it way too late to start persuading people? You either act now and beat the rush, or you don't.
Stock up. You're buying insurance. If you're wrong, you get to use what you bought anyway - gee, that's BETTER than any other kind of insurance. There's no time to debate it.
-- Servant (firstname.lastname@example.org), December 09, 1999.
Let's see Hyatt wants you to buy something because of a possible disaster.
An insurance agent wants you to buy something because of a possible disaster.
A doctor wants to sell you something because of a possible disaster.
Politicians want more money because of a possible disaster. ("health care crisis")
get the point!!!
-- michael (email@example.com), December 09, 1999.
Well, just MAYBEEEE, he needed the extra cash to bring him into his "Human comfort zone". I wished the same for my family also, alas, money ran out, long before Grand Aspirations. So I had to resort to Spiritual zones. Sure am glad I did!! It has been a wild ride!!
-- Thought I controlled everything (Wascontrolfreak@life.com), December 09, 1999.