Today we have two stressbusters that could easily be used by Congress if they would only read my blog.
1. Cooperate rather than confront. There may be times to confront but cooperation and compromise are two words that make our government work and that can help anyone in families, school, or work. Cooperation is the mother’s milk of a smoothly working society. Digging in your heals and saying no to everything is a failing proposition. Confrontation should rarely be used as a tactic unless you thrive on negative stress (in which case you may need therapeutic help). Your first thought when stressed could be, “How can I cooperate with others to solve this?” Don’t get me wrong – there are times to confront but it helps when you have others in your corner when you do – and of course that takes cooperation too.
2. Look at problems as challenges. When we see everything as a problem the stress builds. Not every so called problem is a problem. Try to think “theologically.” Ask the question – “What does God want me to learn from this? Can I see an opportunity to grow as a result of this happening?” There are other questions that you can ask to help you gain some perspective on your challenge. Once you break down the problem into smaller components you begin to see solutions and opportunities – then it is a challenge to deal with and not a problem to overcome.
Abraham Maslow once said, “If you only have a hammer, you tend to see every problem as a nail.” So try adding some new tools to your stressbuster tool kit.
“For nothing is impossible with God.” Luke 1:37