“Come to me, all you who are wearied and burdened, and I will give rest.”
Matthew 11:29 (NIV)
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Today we want to talk a little about stress, because it doesn’t matter how much you try to ignore it or sweep it under the proverbial rug, prolonged tension and strain on your body translates into a serious killer. The reality then is that you will become its victim unless you actively do something to manage it sooner rather than later.
One of the first things we can do is to consciously give God everything that is causing us worry and anxiety. He created the entire earth with the sea, the sun, the moon, the stars, the animals and us itty bitty humans. Believe then that He can definitely take care of an overdue bill, a sick child or parent, an unreasonable deadline, a dead battery or flat tyre, a back-stabbing co-worker or a judgmental ‘friend’.
At the end of the day the choice is yours and yours alone as to what you will do to manage your stress; I would know. To close today’s thought out, I am working on me and I hope you are working on you; the choice is ours to make – let’s make the right one.
“Happiness is a choice. You can choose to be happy. There’s going to be stress in life, but it’s your choice whether you let it affect you or not.”
~ Valerie Bertinelli
“If you don’t think your anxiety, depression, sadness and stress impact your physical health, think again. All of these emotions trigger chemical reactions in your body, which can lead to inflammation and a weakened immune system. Learn how to cope, sweet friend. There will always be dark days.”
~ Kris Carr
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Take a listen as Jason B. Rosenthal shares his experience after losing his wife of 26 years to ovarian cancer in this TED talk entitled: The Journey Through Loss and Grief. Tissues will be required but his life lessons will touch you.
And then, before we chicken out, let’s encourage each other to have those difficult talks, the ones where we discuss death even when we’re alive … because they are truly important.
“People who are overweight don’t want unsolicited advice. Guess what. We know we’re fat. We live in homes with mirrors.” ~ Al Roker
Had not seen a girlfriend for a while. We hugged, greeted each other warmly and began to move on to our separate destinations. As I walk away I hear the smug comment: “Yuh like yuh put on some weight tho …”
I paused mid-stride. Of course she said it in a nice way. Of course she meant well. And what a wonderful confidence booster for someone who insists on resisting the fact that no matter how much she exercises or God forbid tries to starve herself (on those desperate occasions when wardrobe malfunctions appear inevitable), her aging menopause ravaged body will never comply or go back to the fit and trim look she was so proud of a few short years ago. I wanted to take back my hug. Continue reading Do NOT Test This ‘Fat’ Girl