It’s Never the Work Itself

Today I remember what my wise student told me about stress. She said, “The work is not stressful. Thinking about starting the work is stressful. Just get started.”

It’s true. The work is rarely stressful. It’s the thinking about the work that causes stress. I’ve been worried about a project for nearly a month. I dreaded starting it. I fretted and prayed. Then, I sat down to do the work.

The work itself wasn’t stressful at all. Thinking about it was. Doing it? Not stressful.

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