Sometimes You Don’t Know How Heavy It Is

Thinking

Today, I got some good news I’ve been anxiously anticipating for the past several months.

And, in that moment, I realized how much stress, worry, and anxiety was attached to this news only because it was no longer there.

I noticed the burden first by its conspicuous absence.

In retrospect, it seems obvious that I was increasingly nervous, distant, distracted, fatigued, and moody as the stress deepened and spread.

Naturally, I’m wondering now how I missed it, how something can be so drastically altering my state of being without my permission or even knowledge.

I believe that life has seasons, to reap and to sow, for stress and for leisure, and that a natural ebb and flow is both healthy and expected.

Yet, I wonder what burdens we are each carrying, unknowing bearers to worry and anxiety, carrying what feels like the world on our shoulders, all the while wondering what it is.

I think the lesson here is a simple one.

Stress is not so bad, it can be necessary.  Worry has a purpose.  Maybe, instead of labelling these things as unpleasant and straining against them, swimming upstream, we can deepen our resilience by developing a better self awareness that leads to an acceptance of the season we’re in.

“For there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

~Shakespeare

About Landon

I'm a small town, values-driven family man. I like to learn things, and I like to teach things. I like to read, cook, play music and play outdoors. I enjoy yoga, guns, music, tea, dancing, hiking, and enriching conversation. Professionally, I am a full-time Firefighter/Paramedic, adjunct college faculty, contract educator, dance studio owner, and freelance writer/speaker.
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