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How to End Stress Through More Knowledge and Perspective

There’s no doubt…these are stressful times! It seems there is a “perfect storm” of events going on all at once. What are you to do to effectively deal with the stress?

I know!

Get personal control of your individual situation!

The fact is none of us can wave a wand and fix all that is wrong with our wider world.

But, you can focus on those things you personally control and achieve some sense of stability and sanity.

But, what does that take?

How about this idea expressed by William James?

The greatest weapon against our stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.

Think about it. What’s he really saying?

I believe the thought embodies the idea of having options in life from which to choose. Options that quickly allow you to move to “Plan B” when your original plans don’t work as expected.

Options that can only be created by having first exercised your option to continually acquire a broader base of knowledge. Without a broad knowledge of the world around you, you don’t have a basis from which to create options.

Life is not about retiring. It’s about constantly aspiring.

Aspiring to higher and higher levels of knowledge and understanding of how to maximize your life as you live in the uncontrollable, wider world.

You want to reduce the stress in your life? Then, wield the weapon of knowledge in a way so you can strike down stress with a mighty blow!

Also, reflection on the world around you can help you strike down stress.

Consider the following thoughts for stress-free perspective:

  • The sun, once again, shimmers through the branches of a sturdy oak tree and you feel time can, indeed, stand still in many ways.
  • The gigantic, orange harvest moon slides above the eastern horizon and you know time can, indeed, stand still in many ways.
  • The feather-like snowflakes gently swirl and zigzag from the winter sky and settle in a soft, featherbed covering the ground and you know time can, indeed, stand still in many ways.
  • The pristine, sweet mountain air satisfies as the babbling, tumbling, mountain brook pacifies and falls away through the hillside meadow and you know time can, indeed, stand still in many ways.
  • The riotous colors of summer flowers dance to the rhythm of a gentle breeze and you know time can, indeed, stand still in many ways.
  • The indomitable power of the sea thrusts its tongue of frothing waves up the shoreline as the sunlight plays on the surface and you know time does, indeed, stand still in many ways.
  • A child laughs uncontrollably as the family dog licks the child’s face with unconditional love and you know time does, indeed, stand still in many ways.
  • A family gathers on a sunny, Sunday afternoon and shares mirth and a meal and you know time does, indeed, stand still in many ways.

In these times of tumult and stress, time needs to stand still on occasion so you can catch your breath; recharge your batteries; connect with your humanity; and wonder at the magic, yet brevity, of this life.

What makes time stand still for you so you can gain reflective perspective; create new options; and reduce stress in your life?

Please share your thoughts by commenting below. 

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Mindstate mentor, author, trainer and speaker, Gary Greenfield (@LifeRider) helps organizations with inspirational insight and concise business ideas to help improve mindstate and minimize stress. He believes a mindstate that is positive and stress that is minimized helps people better profit through performance.

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