Today’s writing challenge topic is “Stress.” We ALL could write SEVERAL books on THAT subject!
I will never forget being in a hospital room with my son for a month. You know… the whole cardiac arrest thing a year ago. Many hours were spent gazing out the window. No fresh air, no sun… just a hospital room 24/7.
People were scurrying around during working hours looking stressed and tired. It was also Christmastime and I certainly knew what people were feeling stress-wise.
But you know what? Waiting to see if your son is going to have open heart surgery puts a lot of things in to perspective. I said SEVERAL times, “You know what David, those people are stressed out over the smallest and most insignificant things. Right now I would do ANYTHING to be one of those stressed out people at work. Because I would know there is NO NEED to stress. None of that stuff is important. Your FAMILY is what is important.”
Fast forward a year. You guessed it. I have found myself so stressed at work that I actually have had heart palpitations. But I caught myself. And STOPPED.
I took a few deep breaths. I thought about the hospital. I thought about my kids. About my OWN health and well being. And I began to feel better.
Work is indeed horrible for me and my co-workers right now. Like HORRIBLE. But I am determined to rise above it. Because none of that matters. NONE OF IT.
Today I have a job for all of you. If you feel any stress WHATSOEVER, stop, breathe and think of something that makes you happy. And then smile. Trust me!