So if you read yesterday’s post you know that I took some time off embracing my own counsel in order to focus on a vital caring task of caring about a family that I care deeply about. They will need much healing and many prayers. I urge you to read it if you did not.
Today I want to add two more stressbuster ideas to your tool kit.
1. Break down large tasks. We often look at a task and get overwhelmed; I know that I do. The way to tackle a large challenging task it to deal with it piece by piece. What part of the task can you do today. We tend to put things off until we are overwhelmed by all the things we need to do. Start today working on one small part.
2. Accept – even embrace change. Change is inevitable and unless we accept change it will sweep over us like a tsunami. Look at the gridlock in congress. Change has come but there are those who cannot accept it and so they no longer become the “loyal opposition” – they are just the opposition and are viewed as mere obstructionists as a result. Don’t be like that. Learn to adapt to change and find new ways to deal with it. Don’t just dig in your heals and fold your arms and stomp your feet like a small child.
As Reinhold Niebuhr was once famously quoted, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”
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