Richard’s Father was notorious for shopping on line. When Richard’s Brother, John, was cleaning out his Father’s garage, John came across unopened boxes of new stuff.
One such box contained a telescope. It was a brand new telescope.
Richard assembled the telescope the other day.
Probably like you, I have gazed at the night’s sky and wondered what all the shiny things were blinking back at me. Now, I have the opportunity to know!
I ordered the book 50 Things To See With A Small Telescope from Amazon.com. It arrives today. Yes, like Richard’s Father I order a lot on line. The difference is I rip those packages open immediately!
As I gaze at the night’s twinkling objects, I see some that shine brightly and some that are dim. I think of my body like the bright and dim objects. I had many good cells, something happened to dim one of those cells, and that grew aggressively to cancer.
In October 2012, we moved into our new home. Richard spent one night in our new home before we hit the road for weeks. I remember about 2012 Thanksgiving that we ate among unpacked boxes only to leave them unpacked because we were hitting the road again. We also undertook supporting another family member. It was a huge, stressful time where I believe fatigue and an unbalanced life / work relationship allowed my body to become susceptible to disease.
As we share in our Emotional Intelligence Workshops: Emotional stress was more predictive of death from cancer and cardiovascular disease than smoking; people who were unable to effectively manage their stress had a 40% higher death rate than more emotionally managed individuals. (Various researched sources).
There is no going back for me. I share my reflections so that those who read these can stop and look at their lives.
Leaders … How are you handling stress? More importantly, how are you training your followers to handle stress?