Hi David,

I understand your disagreement. I could’ve worded that one better. I think it’s important that we don’t use stress as an excuse, but it’s also important that we don’t ignore stress. Stress is an important indicator and we should use it as a signal that something isn’t right. I feel that more often than not, we take stress as something entirely out of our control — something that we just have to “live with”. I don’t think that’s the case and I make it a point not to let stress rule my life.

I think even eustress can be detrimental. Psychological stress, even when interpreted as beneficial, is still a form of tension. Why can’t we know what’s important and act on those things without tension? By recognizing who we really are, deep inside, and accepting what is and what isn’t in our control, we can function without tension. And I think by living without tension we’re able to give more of ourselves to the things that matter to us.

What do you think?