Things Are Good…Why Stress?


Stress On A Sunny Day

It has been raining here in New England for over a week.  Today, however, it is beautiful.  I mean sunny, breezy, perfect.  The kind of day you want to head outdoors for a hike.

And where am I?  Stuck behind my computer.  Ugh.

I keep trying to chip away at my to do list with the carrot in front of me that when I’m done, I can go outside.  Then another hour ticks by…and another…and another.

I feel more and more stressed with each passing minute of sunlight.

Stressful Messages

Even as I write the sentences above, I realize how foolish stress is.  No one is holding my fingers to the keyboard except this little gremlin whispering in my ear, “You are too busy to go outside.  You have too much to do to enjoy the sunshine. Work is supposed to be hard. You aren’t supposed to enjoy the work day.”


I know where the voice comes from.  It’s all the pre-conditioning I heard growing up.  Believe it or not there was one week in my life when I worked 22 hours three days straight and although I was tired, I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.


Stress is Silly

I took a couple moments to journal this morning about stress trying to put it in it’s place.  After rereading Wayne Dyer’s work, I realized for the umpteenth time that, ah, stress doesn’t exist.  As Wayne would say, you can’t “package it, touch it, or feel it.”  It is you against you.  No one feels your stress, although they may experience it every time you snap at them.  Only you know the torture you are putting yourself through.

I was raised thinking work is long hours and hard.  Financial success can only be achieved with suffering.  I watched my father and my grandfather work endless hours with little energy for much else at the end of the day.

Choosing a Different Path

I do not want to live my life that way.  I do not want to wake up one morning and to have missed the sunshine.  Success may take work, but it doesn’t have to take suffering.

I choose a different path.  I choose to savor the moment.  I choose to celebrate success.  I choose to appreciate all those around me.  I choose life over work.

What about you?  How do you handle stress in your life?  I’d love some best practices.  Feel free to share on Facebook or Twitter.



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