Psalm 37:1: “Fret not thyself,” and yet, so many people do just that!
It is written in the very start of this chapter that fretting is such a waste and unproductive use of your energy. Peale explains that if you are to find peace and become more productive you need to slow down physically as well as emotionally.
He points out that God moves slower than we do in these modern times and will not work to keep up with us. He writes that God will only work for us in this way and will get things done at his pace. Peale tells us that even though God’s pace is slower than what we’d like it to be his deliverance is still executed in an efficient manner. Peale suggests that we can be just as efficient.
In short, slow and steady gets a lot of stuff done with quality! Rush jobs show up to be just that, “rush jobs”. Working or even living a life that way will wear you down very quickly both physically and emotionally!
We continue on in this chapter to discover that we can beat the destructive power of living a fast-paced, stressful life by intentionally slowing down and enjoying the quiet places the world has to offer. Stop to enjoy the beauty of nature and find a way to make some quiet time. Yes! That does actually mean taking in the stillness around you! Doing this will in turn make you more still inside and can actually prove to be quite refreshing.
What? You don’t think that will work for you? Try it out anyway. You might actually enjoy the results!
You don’t have to be the one to do it all! The weight of the world does not rest on your shoulders. All that you think you have to do is more or less a figment of your imagination. There are plenty of other people that can do what you do. In short, life will go on without you long after you are dead and buried.
It is recommended that if you want to beat the stress, stop fretting and fuming. Deliberately put on the brakes at the busiest point of your day and practice serenity. Practicing serenity should be done at least for fifteen minutes once every twenty-four hours. If you can, do not rush to rise in the morning. Slow down the pace in reaching appointments; take a step back when you feel the nervous excitement kicking in, etc. These are strongly suggested remedies for attaining more peace in your life.
Thinking peaceful thoughts can go a long way towards slowing down and achieving a more peaceful state of being. Taking a break is all well and good but if your thoughts are anything but peaceful than the idea of stopping is rather pointless. The negative impact on your body from negative thoughts is well known by the medical profession.
If you want to take emotional control it is not going to come overnight. It must be worked at. The best way to do this is to start by taking control of your mind and body. Practice being still, do not argue, stop pacing, wringing your hands, fidgeting, etc. Doing this will help to quiet the mind. In short, be conscious of what your physical reactions are when you are in situations of a stressful nature and change them.
When you get mad, do you clinch your fist? If you do, deliberately stop and stretch out your fingers. When you feel yourself starting to yell, deliberately lower your voice to a whisper. These are a few suggestions intended to help you get the idea. Can you think of a few more that might help? Awesome! Put them into action for the sake of a more relaxed, happier and healthier you!