Life’s tensions are serious matter

“They don’t have a worry in the world.”

That’s the way it might seem to others, but everybody has concerns that continue to bear on their life.

To some, “stress” is considered an overused cliché, yet in reality it is one of the biggest problems in society.

How can today’s overall-mechanized, convenient-oriented, pleasure-dedicated culture have stress?

Especially when compared to pioneers in oxen drawn wagons crossing wilderness to find new homelands a century-and-a-half ago. Or, even those facing drought and depression in the first third of the previous century.

Still, people today are said to be experiencing the most stress of any era in recorded history.

Even cowboys have pressure, despite the romantic lifestyle portrayed. Though horse training is a selected profession, when one knows that a certain horse is going to become an uncorked bronc every day, it can cause anxiety in all else the cowboy does.

Birthing is a miracle, yet being responsible for hundreds of cows to have calves creates a tension that only the one responsible can comprehend.

Even recreational aspects of the cowboy-way create hassle as those with competition inspirations are in constant worry whether they will succeed.

Of course, ranchers now are strained by short water supplies and tight feed sources, while fearing low economical returns.

These  might seem unrealistic hassle to those who don’t have food, shelter and clothing, but they are still traumatic to others.

Even, a traffic jam can cause stress to one late for a meeting. A stoplight  slow turning green makes heartbeat increase.

Stress is responsible for high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, diabetes, even suicide in extreme cases. People are becoming less productive, losing vitality, gaining weight and aging prematurely.

An inspiration to everybody facing the tensions of life comes from a former Marine, who said, “The military blessed me with many gifts, and the best one is my ability to process and solve intricate problems under high amounts of stress. Commanding troops in battle gives one the ability to remain calm and be the ‘eye of the storm.’”

Reminds us of First Samuel 1:15: “I am under a great deal of stress.” Yet, best advice comes in Ecclesiastes 11:10: “Banish emotional stress from your mind and put away pain from your body; for youth and the prime of life are fleeting.”