Friday, May 13, 2011
further defining stress
Someone recently sent me a forwarded email about stress. It included an illustration that went roughly as follows:
If you are given a cup to hold in your hand while standing up, will it be easier to hold if it is full or mostly empty? What if you are asked to hold it all day long, from morning until night? Will it matter anymore how full the cup is? After all, your back will be breaking and your hand trembling from holding a cup still all day!
And so goes stress. Even the most minor of stresses are brutal on the system if maintained for extended periods of time.
This resonated with me, because I look around and I see many people who are in much much much more difficult situations than me, and feel like an idiot for feeling so debilitated. I am finally recognising the lines of connection between the stress in my life and certain areas in which I seem to be slowing down or losing skill. But at the same time, these realisations seem utterly unjustified since I'm sitting on a very comfortable mattress in a fancy hotel room writing this, yaknow?
And yet, it's true. There is some stress that I have been carrying around with for years. Even though those are minor stresses, they've been around for a long time.
That's all. Just another morsel of thinking in writing.