Final Part 3
There are many benefits for becoming less stressful; it can help you find a sense of purpose. Can help uncover what are those things that are most meaningful in your life. By focusing in on what is most important, you can let go of the unimportant things. Finding those we can build a relationship with so we do not feel so alone or disconnected. This can help us find our purpose in the world and letting go at times as you are not held responsible for everything that happens in life. You can share with others the joys and burdens life brings with others around you.
Here are some questions to ask such as our important relationships, what is most important, what gives you a sense of belonging, inspires or give you hope and bring happiness? What are some of your achievements? The answers to such questions help you identify the most important people and experiences in your life. With this information, you can focus your search for spirituality on the relationships and activities in life that have helped define you as a person and those that continue to inspire your personal growth.
A recent survey from www.Holistitic.com, states: “that 70-90% of us feel stressed at work and outside and that today’s fast paced lifestyle is putting a toll on us. Unless we learn to manage stress, we will get sick. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are steps we can take to manage stress.”
Thoughts can cause feelings, and the wrong kinds of thoughts can cause stressful feelings. We can look at the same event different ways. One is in the optimistic way and the other is pessimistically. It is the age old debate of whether to look at the glass as half full or as half empty. It helps if you can learn to look at the good things in life rather than the ugly.
For example, if you got into a car accident and totaled your car, you can sit there and feel sorry for yourself, or angry for losing the car. These are all self-defeating. On the other hand, you can thank god that you were not killed or, worse yet, maimed in the car accidents. When you look at life’s events like that you will have something to smile at every event and that is the power of positive living. Pastor Robert Schuller has authored 37 hardcover books, six of which have made the New York Times and Publishers Weekly bestseller lists, including “Tough times never last. Tough people do!” Some of his suggestions are that we each have our own problems, whether it is work or no job at all. Success is not always found in our work that we do.
To have no trials in this life is just not a true statement, once we begin to realize this it can help us to move out of feeling sad or depressed and begin to live out our life in a better mind frame. As we face our challenges it is only for a certain time frame. There will be moments of achievements and failure. They will cease to be and will not last forever. We will see the sun again after a storm. One season will end and another one will come.
We can look for the silver lining in any cloud. And they can change us for the better or worse, or as I say “we can become bitter or better”. And change is certain to come whether we are ready or not at times, so prepare for them to come. Especially with this economy one can find they are unemployed and can begin to worry and be anxious.
You can make decisions such as looking for new opportunities, such as going back to College or becoming retrained for a new carrier, as I did when I faced my own challenge of finding a new position. We may not be able to control everything, yet we are able to watch our response to them. We do have choices in this life, and they will determine or future.
Our reaction according to Pastor Schuller will respond, in a positive or negative way. The main point he makes is being positive in the way we handle them. As I stated earlier we can have no or little control of our tests yet we can find ways to manage them. Now we can begin to see steps that can be made towards peace and wholeness.