The times we live in are stressful, no doubt about it. We each carry heavy burdens that seem to get heavier each day. Some are too difficult to ignore, or escape from. Losing a loved one, failing a test, bad news at the Doctor’s office, Bullies, Illness, Broken hearts, the list goes on. Sometimes the unexpected accident or crazy experience is more than we can bear. Some stresses weigh more than others, and it seems like each week we become weaker. We’re not only running faster than we have strength, we feel like we’re running in the wrong direction! We desperately desire even a piece of peace, but seem to find only tiny crumbs of comfort. How then shall we go on? Where shall we go to renew our strength and restore our courage to keep pressing forward even in the very depths of our adversities?
I believe that the true challenge when our lives our churning is not only in knowing where to turn for peace, but how to keep it once we find it and then protect it from becoming the prey of our so-called priorities. Do you remember the two lists you wrote down; one of the things that cause you stress and the other of the things that bring you joy? This is a great place to start. Think of them as your road map to peace. But it won’t work if you only think you know where you’re going. You have to decide that despite the detours of stress, you’re going to make time to invest in the things from your joy list. You can no longer afford to invest your time, talents and treasures in those things which do not edify and cannot satisfy you. Life is too short to let the stress of worry and fears dictate your decisions.
This week, recommit to YOU. Unplug from the world and plug into yourself. Turn off the T.V., the video games, Internet, and yes, brace yourself, even your Facebook and Twitter accounts. No, I’m not suggesting that you become a social recluse, or be reckless with your responsibilities, but to be more aware of where and how you’re spending your time. You may find that while you are rich temporally, you may be going bankrupt emotionally. You need to be making more deposits into the Bank of You so when stress makes a withdrawal you will have the funds to cover it and still have some left over for fun. Although, just because stress attempts to make a withdrawal doesn’t mean you have to honor it. You’ve got better things to do with your emotional finances! Spend yourself wisely and enjoy the journey!
What’s on your mind? Got something bugging you, and you don’t know what to do? Send me an email, and lets address those things that may be giving you stress.