I felt lost a week ago, not depressed, not financially stunted, not even emotionally broken, just lost, a feeling of betrayal lingered inside… I couldn’t explain the way I felt, friends were upsetting me, my relationship was at a critical moment. I was placing speed bumps in every direction. A good friend turned me onto this book, a simple instruction manual to understanding where stress comes from and dealing with it, without seeking a crutch, i.e. medication, alcohol, or drugs. I have changed a lot of things about myself in the last 3 years, I am sober, and recently quit smoking. One never realizes how much these vices are intertwined in our society. In a clean sweep I became an outcast, no longer a perfect fit. It’s difficult to explain why these habits caused me so much stress, especially since quitting both.
Only time will tell if I have come away from this book with a lasting impression. It has made a big impact on how I perceive things. Speaking with my grandmother the other evening, she asked if something were bothering me, I was very happy to reply that I no longer had problems, only solutions. The way I answered my fiancé about what love means to me has changed. When asked by her in an email what love meant to me, I replied;
‘Love is an unexplainable phenomenon, it’s a feeling which others sometimes perceive as crazy, but makes perfect sense to the person experiencing it, and sometimes it also makes that person go crazy!’
Thank you Paul Huljich (Stress Pandemic) for helping me understand stress and the ways we can manage it and understand it. God bless.