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Why worry?

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.”

Hans Selye

! 2 enjoy the journey

Can you tell me why so many of us take things so seriously? Some of us let even the littlest misstep create anxiety and worry. Life is too short to waste time on things we can’t change and that are probably not that important anyway.

I find there is little value in playing a part only geared to winning the approval of others. I am on life’s stage doing the best I can while enjoying the part I am playing. I don’t mind hearing from the critics if it is constructive criticism but I sure am not going to waste much time criticizing myself out of fear what others might think.

So my friends, do the best you can with what you have and enjoy the ride and the scenery along the way.

Here are some tips written by Theo Ellis that you might find helpful if there is too much stress in your life.

5 Daily Actions You Can Take To Cut Down Stress

Stress can affect us all In a number of ways If we’re not too careful. So If stress can be so bad, and you’re stressing on a daily basis, take these 5 daily actions to help you take back control.

  1. Create a schedule. – “In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” – Lee Iacocca

And that’s the cool thing about actively doing something and staying focused. It can help to cut down stress a whole lot If you stick to it. Normally, when you don’t have a schedule, your mind is all over the place. Because you don’t know what you’re going to be doing next, and It feels like you’re trying to get everything done all at once!

If you feel stressed out by this behavior, I’d advise you to create a new schedule. Put it in your calendar, assign each task with a time and stick to it. You won’t believe how much this has helped me, and I’m sure It can help you too.

  1. Stop thinking so much. – “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.” – Bruce Lee

Not only Is this true, but thinking too much can influence a lot of unnecessary stress. Because when you’re creating all sorts of scenarios in your head and over thinking things, you start to stress over it. Action Is better than inaction. So make it a habit to think less about whatever it is on your mind, and act on it instead. This’ll be tough at first If you’re not used to it, but with practice you’ll notice your stress levels will drop considerably! You’ve got to get out of your own head.

  1. Up your organizational skills. – “Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up.” – A. A. Milne

And you probably know as well as I do that when everything is misplaced, It’s easy to stress out over it. It’s easy to start panicking, and over thinking, and wind yourself up in the process. Getting organized and making a habit out of it Is a simple thing to do, yet it has a huge impact on your mental state.

Get rid of all that clutter, junk, and anything else that’s lying around, then get rid of it or put it in its rightful place. At least that way you won’t be distracted by it and overwhelmed by the amount of crap you’ve got to clear up.

  1. Listen to your favorite music. One scientific fact about music is it gives you just as much pleasure as eating food, or even sex. That’s because when you’re listening to music it releases dopamine through out your body. And dopamine makes you feel good. So It’s not surprise listening to music can cut your stress in half, or even more than that! Keep a pair of headphones or speakers nearby, because listening to music is really that helpful to maintain a healthy mental state.
  2. Have some “fun” time. – “Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.” – Nina Dobrev

What’s life without having fun anyways? Life wouldn’t be the same without a little fun, and If you’ve been slacking off in the “fun department” I’d advise you to have some more fun time. Get out with your friends more often, and don’t just get out, do something enjoyable. Do something you’d love to do that you haven’t tried yet. Life shouldn’t be so serious all of the time, or else you’ll only stress yourself a bit too much. Put the fun back into it and live a little more free spirited like kids do!


“If the problem can be solved why worry? If the problem cannot be solved worrying will do you no good.”



A priest and a rabbi were traveling on a plane. After a while the priest turned to the rabbi and asked, “Is it still a requirement of your faith that you not eat pork?”

The rabbi responded, “Yes, that is still one of our beliefs.”

The priest then asked, “Have you ever eaten pork?”

To which the rabbi replied, “Yes, on one occasion I did succumb and tasted pork.”

The priest nodded in understanding and went back to his reading. After a while the rabbi asked the priest, “Father, is it still a requirement of your faith that you remain celibate?”

The priest replied, “Yes that is still very much a part of our faith.”

The rabbi then asked him, “Father, have you ever fallen to the temptation of the flesh?”

The priest replied, “Yes, rabbi, on one occasion I was weak and broke with my faith.”

The rabbi nodded understandingly for a moment and then said, “A lot better than pork, isn’t it?”


“A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.”

Lois Wyse


When Morris gets home from work, Sara wife tells him, “So today I went to the doctor and he says I can’t make love.”

Morris asks, “How’d he find out?”


A young person knows the rules but the old person knows the exceptions.


The Animal Defense League staged a protest against furriers in Beverly Hills Friday. The group isn’t stupid. They choose to protest fur rather than leather because it is a lot safer to throw paint on elderly Jewish women than Hell’s Angels.


“Don’t marry a beautiful person. They may leave you. Of course, an ugly person may leave you too.  But who cares?”


A mother passing by her son’s bedroom was astonished to see the bed was nicely made, and everything was picked up. Then, she saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow. It was addressed, ‘Mum’ With the worst premonition, she opened the envelope and read the letter, with trembling hands.

Dear Mum!

It is with great regret and sorrow that I’m writing to you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend, because I wanted to avoid a scene with Dad and you. I’ve been finding real passion with Stacy, and she is so nice, but I knew you would not approve of her, because of all her piercings, tattoos, her tight Motorcycle clothes, and because she is so much older than I am.

But it’s not only the passion, Mum. She’s pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods, and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter.

We share a dream of having many more children .Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn’t really hurt anyone. We’ll be growing it for ourselves, and trading it with the other people in the commune, for all the cocaine and ecstasy we want. In the meantime, we’ll pray that science will find a cure for AIDS, so Stacy can get better. She sure deserves it!!

Don’t worry Mum, I’m 15, and I know how to take care of myself. Someday, I’m sure we’ll be back to visit, so you can get to know your many grandchildren.

Love, your son,


“P.S. Mum, none of the above is true. I’m over at Jason’s house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than the school report that’s on my desk” I love you!  Call when it is safe for me to come home.


The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.

Elbert Hubbard


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

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