No stress zone.

IMG_3465I’ve been forced to make changes related to removing stress from my life.  It got me in trouble today.  Can you believe that?

After work, I usually am in a frenzy about the daily grind. If something made me mad at work, I’d bring it home. Then, everything at home and everyone had to be perfect.  Yes, as I’ve indicated in several posts, I can be very anal.  My wife says it’s like a drill sergeant.

Lately, I’ve been making concious decisions to leave the issues of work at work.  I’ve also been trying to live the serenity prayer in my daily work day.  “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time.

There are some organizational changes coming at my job that I do not 100% agree with, but I can live with them.  The serenity prayer is  made for that exact situation.  I am truly leaning on God and letting him handle the details I usually try to manipulate.

I also truly believe that my daily meditations and my new workout regimen have been very good for my mental health.  I feel pretty awesome right now.

As I do these things to remove stress, my mind automatically focuses on adding value to the things that really matter, namely my family.

In my non-stressed state, I am able to spend a lot of quality time with the children.  For me that’s huge. I’d like to create a lot of happy memories for them, instead of memories of an overbearing father.  It’s probably working too good.  I need to find balance, as my wife has pointed out.  I am chilling and playing a little too much.

Let’s just say that I need to check out the entire situation, before I come home and start up a music fest / dance party…

Yup, I got in trouble tonight.

Yup, it’s my fault.

I’ll do better next time…  but it feels really good to not stress about so many things.

God is good. 😄