"Stress is not a negative emotion,
it is a package of negative emotions."
-- Albert K. Strong
It's funny how many think of stress as a thing, or as a treatable disease. It is certainly dis-ease, but not a disease. It is not a thing, but a response to stimuli. It is an emotion that we feel, but it is more than this. It is a package of emotions.
Consider frustration. How does frustration relate to stress? It is in that package we call stress. So is worry, disappointment, discouragement, anger, revenge, hatred, guilt, powerlessness, fear. In fact, it is all fear, and all of these cause a response we often call stress.
Natalie Goldberg said, "Stress is an ignorant state. It believes that everything is an emergency."
Emergencies are rare, but when we make them a part of our daily life, it becomes stress. We are moving so fast sometimes, and we think things are so important, and that we must be a part of it that we find ourselves in stress perhaps all day long.
Viggo Mortensen shares these words of wisdom: "One of the best pieces of advice I ever got was from a horse master. He told me to go slow to go fast. I think that applies to everything in life. We live as though there aren't enough hours in the day but if we do each thing calmly and carefully we will get it done quicker and with much less stress."
Stress may have become a daily enemy. Consider these beautiful words by Martin Luther King, Jr., "Love is the only force capable of transforming an enemy into a friend."
And last but not least, Karen Salmanshohn's advise is worthy of your consideration: "Give yourself a hug. Right now. Really. Stop what you're doing. Wrap your arms around yourself and hug yourself. Tightly. Appreciate all that you're doing and all who you love and all which you have!"
Slow Down. Cut Yourself Some Slack. Life Is Good. Love Is Always The Right Answer.
Spread Some Joy Today--by looking for more and more ways to feel good. What is right about this? What could be right? Where is the joy in this? It's in there somewhere.