I have been trying to think of a time.
In my life.
Where stress did not impact my attitude/actions.
What comes to mind is moments as a child. Where stress did not seem to exist. I can think of moments right after a big test. Where the weight of the exam melted off my shoulders. I can think of moments laughing with friends and family. I can think of moments where I stare into the eyes of my girlfriend. Moments where I am doing acts of service to help the word. I can think of moments when I am jamming out in the car. Moments when I am praying. Moments when I am reading a good book and drinking some rad coffee.
These moments rock. Yet, they are so few and far between.
Why is that?
Because I let stress win.
Lets imagine something real quick. You have your headphones on and you are listening to your playlist. Everyday you wake up and you put these headphones on. You scroll down the list of songs and pick one. Every moment of your life you must have a song playing.
The playlist looks a bit like this.
Playlist name: Life
Song 1: Sound of fear
Song 2: Sound of joy
Song 3: Sound of failure
Song 4: Sound of uncertainty
Song 5: Sound of perseverance
Then you pick one. YOU choose a song. Because you have the choice every single day, every single moment, to pick the song of your day.
The problem is we seem to let life choose a song for us.
We seem to let stress win and become the master of our very own playlist.
If there is one thing I know it is that human beings like to have control. We like determining our own destiny and fulfilling our dreams.
Yet, why do we let stress be the DJ?
Today, I want to encourage you all to reflect on this. Is stress impacting how you live your life everyday? If moments are so great without stress, why are we letting stress choose our music?
It is time that we make a new playlist. A playlist built on enjoying this awesome life we have been given.
Today, I am dancing because I am not listening to sounds of failure, fear, or loneliness.
But rather, of hope, joy, and a whole lot of faith.