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“Our spirits are like ropes. When relaxed, they will not snap under the stress of a knife. When tense, even the slightest pressure can cause them to break. Ropes will also find tension when holding onto something or when tied up.”
- Jaime Chan
Never in my life has this word been so important to me. I’ve always talked about it with my best friend, because this was something I identified as a problem in his life: finding relaxation.
After a self-evaluation that I conducted recently to see how I’m coping with my life and some of its recent traumatic events, I wanted to see how I’m doing and I wasn’t doing well. To be honest, I must say so. I found myself to be very tense as a result of these personal problems. Everyone’s got problems. I’m not here to use it as an excuse to mistreat people or ask people to let me slide on my temperamental behaviors. I’m here to apologize and acknowledge that I am too tense at the moment.
Life is not enjoyable when you have to live it so far on an edge, because it eventually makes you feel so doubtful that you can actually relax & put your guard down. Life is not enjoyable when you have to live paycheck to paycheck. Life is not enjoyable when all you can think about is how to pay this month’s rent. Life is not enjoyable when you have to wonder “what if”, or think “maybe”, or say something followed by a “but”.
Nothing is truly earned without a hardship. True indeed. However, balance is still essential. It’s good to work hard, but let’s not forget the purpose: we are all working hard because we are expecting some kind of reward. Whatever it may be, it must remain as the only thing we truly focus on at all times, only this time - it is subconsciously in our awareness.
When we are tense - anything is more exponentially likely to get us to crack emotionally. You won’t be as open as you normally are and it affect everyone around you. You won’t be as happy or as interactive and it will easily surface as a bad mood or bad temper. So give yourself a break. No point in repeating the same mistakes by trying to handle the workload you’ve got with the same approach, same dingy mood.
If you find yourself stuck with something that has you very edgy - take several steps back and give yourself some time for yourself to collect some more mental strength. It’ll improve many things, including the way you see people, the way you treat others, and the likelihood for you to succeed and continue even when you are discouraged to do so. When your emotions are all worked up, you are more likely to quit and give in when it’s not even what you want for life.
So why possibly risk a value lifetime over the mere emotions of a moment? Relax and treat yourself so you can actually feel rewarded for your actions.
Relax, unwind, and step back into the game when you’re ready. It isn’t going anywhere. =]