Stress is a remarkable force – it can propel a sailboat, or sink a soul. Stress can precipitate great inventions and advances, or paralyze rational thought.   And stress surrounds and inhabits moving! The trick is balancing that force. (Pictures from My Garden Are Impressions of My Life) Stress, unmanaged, can create inadvertent fashion statements!

inadvertent fashion statement

An Inadvertent Fashion Statement

The other day, so much was going on, I zipped out of the house, and did not look down to see if my shoes matched. They did not. Today when I threw on the old exercise togs, I didn’t look in the mirror, and so missed the reality that my shirt was inside out.

Yep, I walked around the whole neighborhood with my shirt inside out. And Doug didn’t notice . . . We’re a couple of swells for sure!

But we are trying to manage the stress that this move is generating instead of letting it drive us . . . Watching out for each other in this season is probably the simplest summation of all those vows we made. Being willing to ask for and accept that help is as necessary and hard as offering it without strings.

So, here are today’s plans:

  1. Don’t get in a hurry – and forget to look and listen
  2. Don’t assume — and forget to see and hear.

Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed.   If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)


You might like the following reminder where to stand when stress overwhelms!

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