The doctor came in and addressed me and my mother (I was 16 at the time), “Everything looks normal.” I was elated but confused.
“Then, why did I faint?” I asked.
“Well, let’s examine your lifestyle over the past couple of days,” replied the doctor. “Have you been under any stress?”
“What did you eat yesterday?” she continued.
I thought about it very carefully before I realized I only ate french fries and a cookie during lunch time…and that was it. That seemed impossible, but upon careful replay of the previous day, it was true.
“Really???” asked the doctor. “Why???”
Even my mother looked bewildered as she recalled the dinner she made that night.
As I thought about why I hadn’t eaten, I realized it was not a conscious choice. I was just too busy. I woke up at 6 a.m. to get me and my sister ready for school. We were on the bus by 7 a.m. with no time for breakfast.
As soon as I got to school, I had more homework to complete and a test to study for. During lunch, I started working on the next day’s homework, because after school I had cheerleading practice, a school club meeting, volunteer work, and rehearsal for the musical, which meant I wouldn’t get home until 9 p.m. that night.
When I finally got home, I flopped into the bed and tried to read a little of the book I would have to write a paper on soon.
I never complained or even diagnosed myself with stress because this was the life I’d chosen, and the truth is, I loved it! But while passion can help you overcome a lot of things, it can’t override your basic human needs like rest and proper nutrition.
Is Stress the Price for Greatness?
- Mother Teresa suffered from three major heart attacks, and the third one killed her.
- Michael Jackson died from a drug overdose while preparing for a strenuous tour.
- Bill Clinton underwent quadruple coronary artery bypass operation, and is lucky to have survived.
Every day, people battle with stress. I’ve worked on nurses, doctors, teachers, lawyers, corporate execs, house moms, and more who were at their breaking point. The worst part is they usually feel stress, disease, and illness are the price you pay for productivity.
Is there a way for us to be productive and balanced simultaneously? Can we preserve our health, maintain peace, live our passion, and change the world all at the same time?
I believe we can. As a self proclaimed passion-a-holic, I realize that I can get in a daze and put work, drive, and determination above all else. It takes a concentrated effort for me to consider me and allow my passion to make me feel more alive, not less.
At different times in my life, I have worked as both a work-a-holic and a balanced, peaceful being. And let me tell you that when I’m consciously aware of my choices, I always choose the later. When I’m balanced and taking care of me, I actually experience more inspiration, intuition, and guidance. Ideas flow and work is done effortlessly…which always leads to a deeper sense of fulfillment and more money.
This makes it easier for me to express my passion, and still enjoy the other aspects of life like love, family, and community.
So even if you’re a high achiever and you too want to change the world, realize that you can greatly enhance your efforts and your longevity by taking care of you too!
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