For some reason, Caleb wanted me to take a picture of him behind the tulips baring
his teeth with a very menacing attitude.
Today I realized how stress can sneak up and devour with sharp teeth.
It peers through the green stalks of life and threatens to dry up reservoirs.
A blogger wrote recently about how she realized her back would “go out” during times of stress.
I wrote about my neck woes here.
My neck has been bothering me.
When I say bothering me, I mean it hurts and has lost its alignment.
Loss of alignment creates weakness in my right arm.
I feel different.
I move differently.
I am compromised by the stress that lurks and peers into my days.
I sat in my son’s Aikido class and watched as boys and girls practiced rolling over
each other and throwing each other.
I watched them giggle and I couldn’t help but join their laugh fest.
I marveled as they allowed their instructor to gently guide their hands, feet and bodies
into proper position.
No resistance to alignment or the moves can’t be executed properly.
I left my chair and went into the side exercise room.
I went back to basics.
I did my neck exercises.
I stretched from head to toe.
I drank a glass of water.
Later, I listened to music.
I looked around and beheld beauty
and inhaled the concentrated sweetness of springtime.
I read the Word.
If time had allowed, I would have taken a walk.
I simply let the Instructor gently guide
me back into proper alignment.
When stress lurks or stares you directly in the eyes,
take a deep breath and go back to the basics.
Don’t let stress mar beauty.