“To remain constantly at work will cause you to lose power of judgment. Go some distance away, because then the work appears smaller and more of it can be taken in at a glance, and a lack of harmony is more readily seen.” Who is the author of such advice?
Leonardo da Vinci! Turns out stress is not a 20th or 21st century deal, it has been around for a while. Perhaps that’s why Psalm 46 reminds us of God’s wisdom in dealing with stress, “Be still and know that I am God.”
This week’s Soul Food for Friday is dedicated to leveraging the good stress that builds life and letting go of the bad stress that drains life.
“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne
“Expect the best, plan for the worst, and prepared to be surprised.” — Denis Waitley
“Overload reminds us of the weight of everyday life. We are overwhelmed, overworked, overcommitted, overanxious, overmatched and overextended. Our tanks are on empty and we’re running on fumes.” — Steve and Mary Farrar
“If you can reframe stress, thinking of it as more of a challenge and less of a disaster, you’re already coping.” — Marcia F. Coburn
“So far as is known, no bird ever tried to build more nests than its neighbor; no fox ever fretted because he had only one hole in which to hide; no squirrel ever died of anxiety lest he should not lay by enough nuts for two winters instead of one; and no dog ever lost any sleep over the fact that eh did not have enough bones laid aside for his declining years.” — The Herkimer Citizen
“A difficult crisis can be more readily endured if we retain the conviction that our existence holds a purpose — a cause to pursue, a person to love, a goal to achieve.” — John C. Maxwell
“I know that the purpose of our lives, when we let God use them, become the mysterious and perfect preparation for the work He will give us to do.” — Corrie ten Boom
“It doesn’t matter how great the pressure is; what really matters is where the pressure lies. Whether it comes between you and God or presses you nearer His heart.” — Hudson Taylor
“The trouble with success is that the formula is the same as the one for a nervous breakdown.” — Lloyd Cory, Executive Digest
“When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.” — Henry Ford
“The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win you’re still a rat.” — Lily Tomlin
“The time to relax is when you have time for it.” — Sydney Harris
“One way to get high blood pressure is to go mountain climbing over mole hills.” — Earl Wilson
“The Lord doesn’t always remove the source of stress in our lives … but He’s always there and cares for us. We can feel His arms around us on the darkest night.” — James Dobson
“Burnout is the process of gradual erosion of one’s energy and spirit as a result of chronic, long-term stress. It refers to the loss of one’s original fire — the commitment and dedication once devoted to a cause, career, sport — to anything perceived as a calling.” — Ruth Luban
“Any sailor will tell you that only as the storm rages do we realize the strength of the anchor.” — Chuck Swindoll
“Rule No. 1 is, don’t sweat the small stuff. Rule No. 2 is, it’s all small stuff. And if you can’t fight and you can’t flee, flow.” — Dr. Robert Elliot
“I know nothing that will give the energy and creativity that healthy tension and stress will give.” — Fred Smith
“Find your own purpose in life that fits your own personal stress level.” — Dr. Hans Selye
What words help you leverage stress for the good and let go of the stress that is bad?