Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Monday, September 26, 2011

Don't Worry, Be Happy

Monday Musings on This ‘N That

How was your weekend? I love the weather this time of year. Like the story of The Three Bears, days are not too hot, not too cold, but just right for indoor or outdoor activities. Activities like going to a ball game, going on a road trip, or entertaining out-of-town relatives.

Another activity you can do all year round, but which is especially enjoyable this time of year: sitting outside, marveling at God’s creation. Maybe you lie in a hammock, sit on the steps of a small porch, or sit in a rocking chair on the porch and watch the world go by.

In decades past families would all sit on the porch, some  in rocking chairs, some in the porch swing. As other families would pass by on the sidewalk they would speak or throw up their hand in a greeting. Those on the porch would reciprocate. I wonder if those folks even knew the word “stress” as we know it today.

I’m not sure our younger generations could be content sitting on the porch, enjoying one another’s company. They really have no knowledge of such a pastime; at times it seems they have no leisure interest. They’re always moving, going to and fro. They seem never to stop and “smell the roses.”

Nowadays all generations—young and old alike—become involved in so much that steals their time.  Of course, we have stress; what’s more important is how we handle stress. Basically I don’t worry. Before you scream no way, I do have healthy concern at times but I don’t worry. Worry will not change anything! Yesterday is gone, tomorrow is out of our control; today we have the opportunity to reflect, be concerned if we must, and enjoy the blessing of another day.

Do you have stress? How do you handle your stress? Please don’t let it overtake your days.

"The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time." --Abraham Lincoln

Put a smile on my face … leave me a comment. Till next time … keep on smiling.

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