|What is stress?
Stress is resistance.
Most commonly and incessantly resistance in the mind.
Things weaken from stress over time, like a building that crumbles from the weight of gravity.
But isn’t it also true that stress causes growth?
I find this is true only in the sense that stress causes your body or mind to find alternative solutions for how to avoid that same stress in the future. In searching for those solutions, we can go about it positively or negatively. We can also obsess over solutions that we don’t put into practice, or we can obsess over solutions that hurt us over time instead of help us.
Positive responses to stress help you avoid having stress again in the future. This is like working out at a certain weight, which causes your muscles to grow, and no longer feel stress with that amount of weight or distance of jog.
Then there are negative methods for future stress avoidance. This is coping with stress rather than growing to avoid it in the future. These are what we call addictions, drugs, television, sex etc.
Our primary goal should be to strengthen in such a way that we no longer have stress.
At that point, we can only take on the stress that we ourselves choose.
Because if we choose it, it is no longer stress, being that stress is resistance.