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Monday, July 4, 2011

Stress

I am working on my piece for Tuesday's edition of The Review Atlas and my Practical Parenting article. Yesterday's blog and the video with Seth Godin has really gotten me thinking about stress.

What stresses you out?

Godin says that stress is what happens when you simultaneously do and don't want to do something.
  • When you do want to travel but worry that planes are unsafe
  • When you want to be a parent but are afraid you'll botch your kid up
  • When you want to go on vacation but know it means you need a swimsuit

Isn't this right?
Isn't this what causes stress?

So it's got me thinking:
What if I can't eliminate stress from my life........ unless of course I'm willing to stop wanting anything..... which I don't think I'm willing to do.

I mean I want to travel.
I want write.
I want to raise kids who want to make a difference.
I want to be loved.
I want to be liked.
I want ....

All of these things take risks.
In order to travel I hafta leave,
in order to write I have to publicly publish my thoughts,
in order to be loved I have to risk giving love....

So the question becomes not: How do I eliminate stress from my life?
but
What do I really, really want to do/be/experience?



What do you think? Can stress be eliminated? Should it?

2 comments:

  1. Stress is a good thing. It means you're alive.

    But too much stress is NOT a good thing. Our world has been overwhelmed with choices. At the supermarket, you're faced with two different products that are essentially the same thing with one minor difference. On the one hand, you WANT the one that does this, but you also WANT the one that does that. You can't get them both, so which do you WANT more? You make more than a hundred of those choices while at the grocery store.

    There's too much stuff in our lives that we WANT. Thus, there is too much stress. Get rid of some of the stuff, you have less stress. It's magical.

    So, no, not all stress should be eliminated. But a lot of it could and should be, if we stopped trying to make so many choices.

    Great, thought-provoking post! Have a great day!

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  2. Great thoughts I agree with you that we want too much stuff. Wants and needs are very different.

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