Blessed Over Stressed

Stress is a very common theme in our society today, although what we stress about varies. We stress about our jobs, whether it be about who we work with, liking or not liking what we are doing, having too many responsibilities to juggle, not making enough money or simply wanting to feel more satisfaction in one area or another. We stress about our relationships with friends, family, co-workers, and seemingly any person we could come into contact with on a day-to-day basis. We often do not understand why something is wrong, why we cannot do more, and why we cannot find enough time in a given day to spend with those we care so much about. We stress about things that do not matter at all in the grand scheme of things: the guy who cut you off on the highway last Wednesday, your favorite sports team being eliminated from playoff contention, and the four loads of laundry you did not get to over the weekend.

The thing about stress is that it will always try its best to creep its way back into your life. It will try to overwhelm you and make you think that there is no way out. It will try to consume you and change you from the person you are to the person you never wanted to be. It wants you to feel alone in a “No one could possibly understand what I am going through” kind of way. The thing is, people do know what you are going through. They may not have your exact story, nor should they (we are all unique individuals), but make no mistake, people know what you are going through and they are here to help. They are here to listen. They are here to remind you that you are bigger than your stress.

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Lake Michigan (Photo Credit: Ryan Magnuson)

Your triumph over your stress will only become a reality when you control what little you can and leave the rest in the rear view where it belongs. I have had my struggles with stress my whole life and I still do (especially when trying to figure out what I am supposed to do with my life), but as I continue to figure out the roots of what troubles me, I also figure out ways to see the positives in those situations. Even on days when seeing the positives is hard, I have such a great supporting cast who is here for me whenever I need it.

I may not have it all figured out and I may have a day or two here and there when I am stuck on the “Why is this happening?” train, but I know that the core of who I am does not let such small things change his make up. I am focused on moving forward and leaving the stress monster in the rear view. Forget about how stressed you are , remember how blessed you are, and remind all others to do the same. Life is too darn short to live any other way.

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