Category Archives: STRESS

Concealing an illness is like keeping a beach ball under water.

Karen Duffy

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The Ball Of Many Beaches

by Tom Schaap, Taroona High School – Australia

Blood red,
Was the beach ball that hit me in the head.
Its summer,
Hence the beach ball.
It makes a loud “poing”
As it collides with my relaxing noggin.
I swear loudly,
“What does that mean?”
I look up,
An intrigued child is looking at me.
“Never mind” I say,
As I get up to find the culprit who threw the beach ball,
But in vain.
I fall over a small unsuspecting rock.
Now that I am fully awake,
I realise something.
I’m sunburnt.
Small flakes of skin reside on my beach towel,
I decide to go home soon,
But one last dip in the water first.
I step in.
It’s warmish,
But cooling.
Screams a girl’s voice.
I suddenly find the reason for such a racket with a shock
There is a large fin,
Poking out of the waters smooth surface.
“Well this is just ridiculous”
I think to myself.
So I go home.

The key to everything is patience. You get the chicken by hatching the egg, not by smashing it.

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A chicken’s head is only this wide (show fingers an inch or so apart) but they know enough to come in out of the rain. (meaning that someone did something very stupid)

“It is the sandstorms that shape the stone statues of the desert It is the struggles of life that form a person’s character.”

-Native American Proverb

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“God takes everyone he loves through a desert. It is his cure for our wandering hearts, restlessly searching for a new Eden…
The best gift of the desert is God’s presence… The protective love of the Shepherd gives me courage to face the interior journey.”

― Paul E. Miller, A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World

But for life’s little defeats and indignities, I would be happy, content and completely average.”

― Mark Rude

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“If you are in a pit of stress or despair, don’t succumb to defeat. Don’t accept that difficult place as your fate. Even though God has allowed you to be there right now, he never intended for you to live there. Our God is bigger then whatever problem you are facing. The only way to see past the problem is to believe that he has not forgotten or abandoned you and that, at the exact time that he has ordained, he will reach down and pick you up.”

― Tracie Miles, Stressed-Less Living: Finding God’s Peace in Your Chaotic World