198. Bob’s Stress Test

The other day my friend Bob was telling me of a year in his life that was filled with an incredible set of high-stress circumstances that measured 18 on a stress chart of 20 points possible, an area marked in red and labeled “Danger.” Yet Bob said he never lost a night’s sleep and his stress bucket never overflowed that entire year. I asked him how that was possible.

“Those items defined as major stressors on the chart were not acute stressors for me because I did not internalize them or worry about all the terrible outcomes lurking out there. I simply leaned on God and trusted that He would take care of everything in one way or another – by intervening for my good or equipping me for the bad. Either way I was OK with whatever might come. As it ended up, there were a series of miraculous events in my life then that still amaze me today. ”

I’ll tell you the rest of the story in Friday’s blog.

About Patrick Day

In 2010, I escaped from four long years of deep, dark depression. This blog shares lessons I learned from those years as depicted in my autobiography - How I Escaped from Depression - as well as other insights about depression and anxiety that only come from someone who has gone through it. When you have a heart attack, you become an expert in heart attacks. When you have diabetes, you become an expert in that condition. As such, I am an expert in depression, with a four-year experiential degree and graduate studies in how to live a life going forward that keeps the ever-lurking Depression at a healthy distance.
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