Is stress a hindrance or an opportunity?
To a majority of us, stress is a hindrance. It gets in our way of achieving happiness and it feels uncomfortable. To get away from the pain caused by stress, we deflect it to anything or anyone by placing blame. Because stress is so unpleasant, we avoid taking responsibility for it as our belief is that if we own it, more stress is sure to come. When we view stress as a hindrance, it becomes negative, a drag and in time, prolonged negative stress causes illness and near permanent emotional pain.
To the rest of us, stress is an opportunity. When stressful times are upon us, we see opportunity in the resolution. With stress comes the thrill of resolution, a short-term pain for long-term gain. We cannot have growth without stress, like muscles stretched from a stressful workout, when the fibers reconnect, they are stronger and more resilient. Our determination and strength are born from our desire to push through our stress. When we view stress as an opportunity, it becomes positive, a captured moment in time, prolonged positive stress can cause happiness, fulfillment and permanent emotional strength.
Don’t look to rid your life of stress, you can never do it. Learn to live your life viewing stress in a different light.