Too Blessed To Be Stressed

My sister sent me a text.  She enjoyed a conversation she had with a house painter.  He found faith through battling a drug addiction. The conversation started simply – his T-Shirt read “Too Blessed To Be Stressed.”

Why don’t we live there?  Why do I choose stress so often?  Why do I choose worry so often?  Why am I so dammed “serious?”  Here is the reality – life is actually good – broken but good.  Blessings abound.  Most of what I categorize as “failure” opened up into something far different.  Learning to love is a life’s work but also a life’s joy.  Adventure.

On Sunday night a support group around divorce met.  Looking around that room, seeing so many tender faces there for reasons beyond “self” was a glimpse of heaven.  Yes it was serious and there was an underlying joy – not a joy of laughter but a sober, deeper joy of life lived well as life lived for others.  It is serious stuff but as Mary Oliver put it … “happiness, it is another one of the ways to enter the fire.”


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2 Responses to “Too Blessed To Be Stressed”

  1. Gordon M Latta says:

    Chuck – I can’t begin to explain the sadness (and yes, hopelessness) that wanders through my mind. It isn’t always about stress. It isn’t always about what I want. It is NEVER about ME. It’s about my children, my friends and, more than I can explain, about the overwhelming sadness in this world. WE are all ONE. WHY can’t we learn to love one another? As a manic depressive (more likely, a bi-polar), I find myself slipping into the darkness that human selfishness ceaselessly tries to draw us to … and yet, there is, IS, always a light at the end of the hopeless tunnel, and that light is the Source of our being — Eternal Love. “Love one another … as I have loved you, love one another.”

  2. Chuck.Blair says:

    Gordon -

    Thank you for the heartfelt response. I was just communicating with another person struggling with suffering. My experience has been that the more we are open to God, the more we are open to suffering because the more we are open to empathy and compassion. And that is within the context of hope – that light you reference at the “end of the hopeless tunnel.”

    Chuck

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