Ah yes, Stress. It’s a health destroyer that can happen over time or quickly depending upon the circumstances. It needs to be managed effectively.
I went on an errand today to purchase some items for work. It’s pretty obvious that people driving are either stressed out before they get in their vehicles or become that way during the driving process. You see them speed
up when they think someone might be pulling into their lane. Others cut across several lanes of traffic to make a turn, risking an accident.
I was traveling north on a three lane street going to a nearby store. After parking and walking inside the store, within five minutes I heard a loud crash outside. Peering out the window, I saw an elderly man in a vehicle who apparently had just exited a gas station to make a right with oncoming traffic. His vehicle was hit broadside by another car. Fortunately, within seconds an undercover policeman driving in the opposite direction pulled over and took charge.
My thought processes immediately went to the high cost of impatience. No doubt both drivers would need to be examined and treated for injuries. The major damage to both vehicles was readily apparent.
It may mean an extra few seconds or even several minutes to wait to pull out safely into traffic. Perhaps we could give a guy a break out of courtesy and slow down instead of speeding up and hitting his vehicle. There’s no denying everyone is pretty much in fight or flight these days on the stress meter. A healthy way of life includes working at maintaining a center of calmness. It’s time to examine our plates of daily “must dos” and see where priorities are placed. Factoring in some down time so that the body, mind and spirit can refresh is certainly one.
Who has time for major delays due to accidents or what that translates into in lost income? Make time for rest and relaxation in whatever activity you enjoy. Those who schedule and receive regular massages, have an enjoyable hobby and/or participate in yoga and other forms of regular exercise are reaping health benefits. Patience is cultivated when there’s daily reflection and activities that calm and strengthen our inner being.