Sunday Thoughts (stress edition)
I’m clearly in the minority here, but I don’t feel too stressed today.
It’s Sunday, and I’ll be heading off to church later this morning. Overall, life is pretty good.
Admittedly, I have the same worries as everyone else.
In a recent survey of Americans, the state of our country was our biggest stressor, slightly more stressful than even money or work.
I love what I do, so work is not a stressor for me.
And while I could make a little more money (who couldn’t?), I live within my means and take steps to reduce my money concerns where I can.
Now, I do worry about America, just like you probably do. And I care about this country and what happens to it – and to us.
But I have always been good at separating what I can do something about and what I can’t.
I worry about what I can change, and I take steps to protect myself, my health and the safety and wellbeing of my family.
The rest of it… if I can’t change it, I try not to let it bother me. Or at least, not become something that zaps me of my strength and energy.
Especially because I take steps to be as prepared as I can for problems BEFORE they crop up.
Self-reliance and preparedness are critical to peace of mind.
So is perspective.
When people say that today is the worst situation the country has ever been in, I wonder how they forget WWII or Vietnam, much less the Great Depression.
Stress can do a number on your health, if you let it. But there are some good things that can come from it.
If it’s enough to spark you into taking better care of yourself, that’s a huge win. And over half of Americans in that very survey have said that the state of the country has inspired them into taking action, or volunteering.
Stress reduction isn’t just about proper sleep or exercise or meditation.
It’s about doing something. And it’s about faith.
Because I’m confident that God has a plan for us, and He’s given us the strength to persevere… if we tap into it.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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