We all experience some form of stress from time to time.

Sometimes the stress we experience is *Eustress*
… from the Greek “eu” meaning “good.”
According to the endocrinologist Hans Selye,
eustress is the kind of stress that is
… healthy and gives a good, positive feeling.

Sometimes the stress we experience is “Distress”
from the Latin prefix “dis” meaning “having a negative force.”
Distress is used to describe unpleasant feelings or emotions that impact
the level of functioning.

Sometimes the stress is related to
… work.
Sometimes the stress is related to
… relationships.
Sometimes the stress is related to
… health or finances or lack thereof.
Sometimes the stress is related to
… busyness.
And sometimes the stress is related to
… fear
fear of the known
fear of the unknown

We want peace.
We need serenity.
We crave them.

But busyness, worries, fears
creep into our minds.
Actions of politicians
bullies at work, school, cyberspace
further propel thoughts away from experiencing any sense of peace.

And yet
… and yet
Serenity – Peace are available
… in the gift of our breath
… and in the gift of words
spoken in the silence of hearts
… to one another
… and to ourselves.

This day and the days to come,
may the words of Mother Teresa
be whispered, spoken, prayed, thought
… for ourselves
… and for one another
and may a sense of serenity
… that precious peace that passes understand
begin to well up and replace whatever
is distancing us from experiencing it within our lives each day.
May you trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be.
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you have received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
May you be content with yourself just the way you are.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones.
Let it allow your soul the freedom to sing, dance, praise and love.
It is there for each and every one of us.”


Text and Photo © june maffin

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