There’s No Such Thing As Stress

If there were, it would be bleeding out of my eyes right now.

But I remember something wise that my old nemesis Wayne Dyer used to say:

There is no such thing as stress. There is only you responding to the things going on around you.

I thought about this today listening to someone talk about how our cells vibrate to an unhealthy energy when we are stressed. Good gawd. Forget this stuff. Look. I’ve been stressed. I’m stressed right now. For all I know, I will be unemployed in a week. Certain issues at work will very soon be worked out and I haven’t a clue yet as to what that will look like. Will the supervisor take the fall for the group’s issues? It wouldn’t be the first time.

But stress has nothing to do with energy or vibrations or past-lives or Sister Jane slapping your palm with a ruler. It has something to do with life and luck. It has mostly to do with your decisions and your behaviors. Do you want to resolve these situations? Decide now to make the right decision. Get help if you need to. Move. Move in any direction and then reassess. Then move again. Write down what good looks like for you then write out all the steps you need to get there.

So, quit vibrating. You can’t see clearly with all that shaking, anyway. Think about what’s solid and secure and true. And then stick to that script. Make a decision. Do something.


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  1. I did not know about Wayne Dyer being your nemesis, so I read the post that you wrote when he died. One of my favorite quotes of his was this: “When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” I need to read that every morning!

    • He had dozens of sayings worth thinking about. My fav is ‘when you squeeze an orange, what come out? Orange juice! Why? It’s what’s inside. What comes out of you when you’re squeezed?’ There’s about eight feet of Barnes and Noble shelf space contained in that statement.

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