This is for Day 6 of a challenge 30 Days of Writing started by Nicky and Mike of We Work For Cheese in which several other bloggers and I are participating for the month of June.
Today’s prompt was: Pressure. You can find the meaning from World Dictionary here.
I don't claim to know anything about any of the scientific meanings of pressure- but as for the those which pertain to daily life- I can relate.
Many people find that in their professional life they work well under pressure- I am one of them. Give me a work deadline and I've got it- I will move heaven and earth to get whatever it is completed on time- early even...
I have through the years also experienced pressure within my personal life. (Who hasn't?) The 2 year period of time when hubby & our son lived in another state defined pressure for me. I went from a bustling household of five down to just me and our oldest living at home and working opposite hours. Those were tough times...
But pressure can be a good thing- it forces us to move out of our comfort zone. It forces us to adapt & change... To grow.
" That which does not kill us makes us stronger."
I have learned over the years that Nietzche was right.
I have also learned that worrying serves absolutely no purpose.
The pressure of everyday life is not worth my sleepless nights, high blood pressure, acid reflux, weight gain & irritable bowel.
Pressure in the past few years forced me to reevaluate my own coping mechanisms. I decided to make an effort to take some form of control. I made a conscious effort to become physically healthier & have lost 28 lbs (so far -yay me!) and as a result have been able to drop some meds.
I also have tried to relinquish control to a higher being and have become more spiritual. I have learned to accept that I am doing the best I can and I forgive myself if I screw up. I try to take time to be thankful more often and accept that there are some things that I simply cannot change.
None of these things would've happened had I not had pressure. Pressure forces you at some point to find a balance within your life.If you learn to "not sweat the small stuff"- you'll find that pretty much most of life is "small stuff". If you are able to do this you will find that pressure can be controlled and used in a positive way.
The Rat Race Trap offers the following suggestions which I believe are helpful:
Surrender to The Chaos
Avoid Snowball thinking
Let Others Be Right
Accept That Life Isn’t Fair
Everything Is Not an Emergency
Pick Your Battles
Stop Driving Aggressively
Be Flexible – Things Change
Accept That Everything Is Temporary
Lesson learned for me? Embrace life's pressures, just do not let them control you.
(*Blatant reference to Queen/David Bowie for xtra points)