Plants, like people, grow better when they are paired with other plants. We need each other, but unlike plants, very often life seems to get complicated causing situations that are difficult to handle. We have financial issues, health problems and relationship difficulties we all deal with every day. As problems cross over and build up, we place on ourselves all kinds of anxieties, which can be crippling. If you add a parasitic “friend” or situation, the problem grows exponentially!
Our lives are an array of fabulous, breathtaking colors, like the many varieties of colorful plants that paint our world. How we deal with stress can alter those colors and wreak havoc on our well being, as it affects work, relationships, school, health problems, financial situations, and even positive events like weddings, parties and other celebrations. Stress at some level is good because it pumps the adrenaline causing us to push forward toward a goal.
But stress becomes harmful when our response is negative, causing self-induced pain. Stress is a reaction that affects and changes how digestive systems work, alters different gland processes through under or over stimulation, affects heart functions and changes breathing patterns. It affects blood pressure, cholesterol, brain chemistry, blood sugar levels and hormone balance, the aging process and contributes to symptoms of illness and diseases.
Depending on the climate of our lives, we may need to re-think how we “plant our garden” and deal with stress. We may need to “irrigate and add proper nutrition” (literally our diet can affect our stress level, as well!) and rearrange the other plants – or people – in our lives to better accommodate our stress level. We need to look at the plant – or person—who is seeking to be “showy, negative or the parasite” that makes us uncomfortable or feel less than we are and "transplant" them to another area in our life -- or out of our garden entirely if it's just too much--and if it's an option! Or we should place ourselves in with the person we see as the role model we desire; someone who is positive with a clear set of proper values, selfless and accepting, committed to community and the good for others, and demonstrates the ability to overcome obstacles. We need to be able to stand like the evergreen, tall and confident.
I challenge you this week, to re-evaluate those people and situations in your life which cause you to adopt undue stress and live a life filled with fear and anxiety, panic and worry, anguish and apprehension. Choose to respond positively rather than negatively, by looking for creative answers and resources instead of allowing your situation to control and push you in a corner where you feel you have no power to manage your emotions. Stand tall and confident in a crowd, or alone, as one who controls stress rather than allowing stress to control you.