Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Two stress relievers ...

I’ve come to understand that life is a very stressful occupation; you cannot give your two weeks when you get burned out and need a change of pace.  You cannot take a vacation from life.

As a result, it is a mission of mine to alleviate as much of the unnecessary stresses in life as possible.

I have my husband to help bear (and sometimes contribute to) the burden and stress of domesticated life ... but I don't have a partner at my paying job.**

Whenever I feel overwhelmed at my day job and want to strangle the sender of an insanely ridiculous e-mailed request, I breathe and look at my computer.  I have two “reality checks” taped right under my monitor which recenter my mind.  (And no, I don’t mean my two stinky-poos that I gave birth to!)  I am referring to a fortune  I received at the height of my postpartum depression and the Serenity Prayer.

The source of repose and relaxation is physically attached to one of the sources of my day-to-day frustration ... I feel it's rather poetic!

The Fortune:
No need to worry!  You will always have everything that you need.
These words hold so much comfort to me when I feel troubled … it’s as if I receive a big bear hug of peace when I need it.  I am not a believer in fortune cookies or any mystical mumbo-jumbo, but I do believe that I need to keep my eyes open to the messages given to me.  When I opened this fortune cookie, I was emotionally and physically experiencing the toughest journey of my life.  Reading these words helped to pull me from the darkness in my soul.  And I revisit this message at least once a day.  

The Serenity Prayer:
God Grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.
Most people know this as the prayer for those struggling with addiction ... but this prayer can benefit anyone who faces a challenge in their lives.  An easy translation to this prayer is: Give me the ability to know when to surrender and when to persevere.  For anyone that knows me, knows this prayer is very special to me and dear to my heart.  My family struggled (and still struggles) with addiction in many forms for many generations so I was born knowing this prayer.  I never took the time to understand it until I was in high school when I had a difficult journey to make and the prayer finally clicked.  Ever since then, I carry this prayer with me and lean on it for strength and courage whenever I feel weak.

My message is:
It is not good or healthy to live life full of stress ... no one deserves it.  If you find yourself struggling with stress, try to find the source either physically or metaphorically attach your "reality check" to that stress.  I hope it helps you as much as it has helped me over the years.

**P.S.  Don't confuse this as me saying I work with poopy people!  I love my co-workers but no one can do exactly what I do every single day. 

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