OK; show of hands.
How many times do we do everything in our power to avoid trouble like it’s an onslaught of the bubonic plague? Yup; thought so. Me too. I mean, who in their right mind purposely seeks out situations that test our very mettle to the core, you know?
Oh, sure; we all enjoyÂ occasional excitement. But I’m not talkin’ about intentional thrills, like skydiving, bungee-jumping, or thumb-wrestling. Those are all good for an adrenaline high, but they’re all something you do on purpose, you know?
I’m talkin’ about high-stress situations, and no, not the good kind. You know what I mean; the kind you get when your job is in jeopardy, your health goes south, something or other that’s important to you is in danger of completely cratering. Where the stress level registers 8.6 on the Richter scale. Yeah, that kind of stress.
The fact is, when it comes to life’s hard knocks, we try to avoid those as much as we can, right? We tend to seek safety and security, be it a bank account, a job, or even a relationship. Hey, it’s the way we’re wired.
So why is it, when we pretty much all spend most of our time seeking to avoid trials and tribulations, that unpleasant things still seem to seek, and yes, find us like the proverbial bullets with our names on them? And why are we so surprised when they do?
Well… I’m not going to tell you.
The fact is, this is my way of introducing our topic for the next What I Learned From… groupwrite project:
Yup; this time, we’re going to talk about stress (sound of terrified scream).
The fact is, stress is actually a pretty good school teacher, isn’t it? And I dare say we’ve all learned a thing or two about life, particularly when the stress levels were, shall we say, higher than we’d like.
Here’s your chance to share a life lesson or two with all of us, cause next Monday, October 6, we kick off the next WILF, and the title is What I Learned From Stress.
So get ready to grab the writing device of your choice, folks, and be prepared to tell us about something you learned from stress.
See ya then!
[Note: A tip o' the hat to my buddy Dennis McMullin for suggesting this topic. the fact is, I'd already picked it even before Hurricane Ike decided to breeze through the area. Ironic, eh?]