Blog Post Day 67: Too stressed to be blessed?*
There may not be much we can do to make stressful situations non-existent entirely, but we can think about how we manage them. It’s our life. We set the pace and the timeline, not STRESS. Which is the epiphany I had walking by the E Street Cinema this evening returning to work after getting a cup of decaf at Le Pain Quotidien (with almond milk, by the way, which was quite tasty). I checked the list of movies, and I thought, “Oh, since I’ll be staying late to finish the transcription I can go to a later movie if I want to.
Which is when I remembered that just because my to do list was growing exponentially, I didn’t have to let myself be miserable or stressed-out or any other un-zen words. I could choose instead to enjoy walking a bit in the warm moonlit night, browsing Anthropologie on my way to the Metro, and stopping at Whole Foods to pick up sushi for dinner. I could look forward to a tomorrow of writing and brainstorming and making connections and all those things that I enjoy doing. Looking at even the most challenging situations through a framework of joy, it seems, can most times be a really powerful antidote to stress.