Stress Is What You Make of It

Ooh, here’s a good one: “The mark of a successful man is one who has spent an entire day on the bank of a river without feeling guilty about it.” (Unknown author) I can definitely identify with that one.

I guess the bottom line is that stress is what we make of it. We can make it a monster that devours us, or we can redirect its energy to propel us to places we never would have gone without it. Stress, like pain, can be a sign of weakness leaving the body.

So, on this Friday morning as we all face our special stresses, take a moment, close your eyes, inhale deeply and exhale slowly 10 times. Repeat your favorite mantra, side-step the stresses and let them blow on past you until they’re out of sight. If stress persists, find a riverbank (even if it’s in your mind) and spend some time there.

Now, go forth grasshoppers, be like the Teflon, and shed your stress. And may the Force be with you.

Randy Gaddo, a retired Marine, is Director of Leisure Services (parks, recreation, library) in Peachtree City, Ga. Contact him at (770) 631-2542 or e-mail

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3 comments on “Stress Is What You Make of It


  2. Billy Moore on said:

    So the guy or woman who cuts me off after racing past me and flips me off, I need to relax and slow down and let them fly by me? Then when I get to work and my boss is going to completely reorganize my job to my displeasure, I will go home and pretend I got a promotion and a raise? Wow, that’s going to be stressfull trying to be good, relax and pretend the day was good. I hope I can handle it. Actually, you are right. Let it all go and think of something that makes you happy. You will feel much better. But there is no way I can pretend I got a raise. Our County hasn’t given a raise in 5 years.

  3. Nancy Sadowy on said:

    Very inspiring…one way I’ve been able to handle that jack rabbit who suddenly realizes he’s a turtle in disquise, I say to myself ,okay there’s a reason he’s slowing me down perhaps it diverted an accident, a ticket or making me slow down and realize I’m not concentrating on my drving but my day ahead. At 3am in the morning when suddenly I have that eye popping experience that the mortgage is due, the house insurance is due and all this before I leave for vacation…I say to myself…you know what these issues will be waiting for you at 6am so stop thinking, sleep and prepare to stress about in three hours.

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