Saturday, February 16, 2008

Burdens & Stress by Angie Ledbetter

Burdens and stress are some of the bigger pieces of baggage most of us tote around on a daily basis. Sometimes we drag them like stones behind us, sometimes we’re able to shoulder them like a light backpack, and other times, we remember to put them down for a bit and just rest. The good thing about stress, obligations, responsibilities and worries is that they make us stronger people. They help us grow muscles where none previously existed. But we must also remember to get away from our baggage so it doesn’t become our whole identity or reason for living.

I was thinking about this recently when a friend sent me one of those rare Internet folklore emails that actually makes good sense. I don’t know who the author is, but it read something like this:

Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Don't pick them up again until after you've rested a while. Here are a few ways to deal with life’s burdens:

*Keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
*Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
*If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
*If you lend someone $20 and never see them again, it was worth it.
*It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply being kind to others.
*Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
*Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
*Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
*The second mouse gets the cheese.
*When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
*Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
*We could learn a lot from crayons...some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
*A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.


Kathryn Magendie said...

I never got the one "the second mouse gets the cheese" ! what does that mean?

anyway--the older I get, the better I deal with stress...the less likely I am to "suffer fools" may be a good reason why, too!

Nannette Croce said...

I think as we get older we have more of a sense of priorities. We know we can't do everything, so we decide what is most important.

I wasn't familiar with the second mouse thing. I bet the first mouse gets caught in the trap. That's why the second mouse gets the cheese.

Angie Ledbetter said...

Laughing about the mouse. Nannette guessed right. So...let's go take a nap and leave the traps and worms to the quicker critters. ;)

Kristin said...

Thanks for this recipe on how to make lemonade out of lemons :)

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