I would like to discuss current events and stress.
If you are watching the news and/or are on social media a lot, you may have noticed what seems to be a heightened stress response to all that is happening.
This is a delicate subject because it is valid to many people.
So, I begin with a prayer in my heart that I can and will help anyone release and relieve any stress they are feeling.
With that said... stress is a physiological response in our body when we sense fear. It is commonly known as the fight or flight stress response. Fear is what kicks in this response, which creates a beneficial bodily change when we are in an actual stressful situation. The misfortunate thing about the stress response is that it can be, and is, activated by fearful thoughts when there is no existing danger. Therefore, although we may not be in imminent danger, our fearful thoughts can and do trigger the stress response via anger and anxiety, which come from ideas of doubt, fear, and worry.
Stress is the number one cause of every illness. Did you know that? If you are a regular reader of this blog, I will venture to say you have had medical issues that are, or were, clearly from stress reactions. Consequently, you know exactly what I am talking about.
The stress response may give way to helpful hormones when in actual danger, but these hormones create a toxic internal bath to the body, which is deadly to the chronically stressed.
The harm is in the thought. The hurt is in the belief, an opinion that a person keeps thinking.
Here comes the personal stuff...
I grew up with all brothers, and I have worked with 99.9999999% men throughout my entire career and still do. I have suffered much and survived. The best part of survival is that I am a thousand times better as a daughter of God and a person to humanity. That is my authority and power!
I have experienced nearly every kind of harassment you could imagine a female could be exposed to in a male-dominated career. The best part is I am better for it rather than bitter about it.
I've had a very stressful past, and I have learned much about my authority and power to choose to connect to God and think about what He would have me think of things. The lessons from God are in the struggle. Spiritual expansion, which is basically faith, and trust, are in the battle.
Stressful events are very real, and the media and social media make them even more real. Stressful events have existed since Adam and Eve, but now, with the coverage and internet, they are more profound.
Here comes more personal stuff...
I had a dream the other night that my Grandmother, who passed away over a decade ago, came to me and said, "Acknowledge and appreciate the good that you do. Many say that there are no more good people in the world. Be a good person, and prove that there are still good people in the world. Part of being a good person is acknowledging and appreciating the good you do, the good others do, and the good people in the world."
She also said, "Put that in your blog."
Crazy! I know! But if your Grandmother came to you in a dream and told you to put it in your blog, you'd put it in your blog, wouldn't you?
In all of this ramble, I am trying to say that we all have the authority and power to choose what we will acknowledge and appreciate, and whatever we choose to focus on will make us better or bitter.
You have health, love, and wealth.
You have legs to walk on, arms to hug with, and eyes to savor your loved ones.
You have love in your heart to give to yourself so that you may share it with others.
You have food on the table, a roof over your head, and family and friends that love you.
The most essential things in this world are not necessarily things. The most important things are our authority and power to love and lift and to make this world a better place so that we can prove to all who can and will see that there is much good here.
God is very real!
God is very much in charge!
Our focus on the good, on God, will heal our world. When we have healed our world, we can heal the world that walks before us daily by loving and lifting.
Like Grandma said, "Acknowledge and appreciate the good that you do, the good that others do, and the good people in the world."
"In everything, give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you." ~1 Thessalonians 5:18, KJV
Hocus, pocus, focus...
We have the authority and power to choose our focus.
We have the authority and power to practice this focus into nearly perfect permanence, and as we do, we can and will become better rather than bitter.
We can destress!
The harm is in the thought, and the hurt is in the belief, an idea we often keep thinking about by default.
Our desires are a seed from the soul to do better for our very own health, love, and wealth.
God bless you, my friend.
It is my everlasting, humble prayer that you can and will see the good you do.
I love you...