I know that you can probably relate to having this high intensity stress at some point in your life. Your list of stresses is probably a little different from mine, but the feeling is the same. There is a constant burning sensation of worry in the pit of your stomach. Your head feels as if it is going to explode. Restful sleep is a something you hope for but never seem to achieve. At times you know your blood pressure is sky high because you can hear your heart beating and feel the blood pumping through your veins. You're irritable. Your body feels heavy. You wish you could climb into bed pull the covers over your head and hide until the stressful time passes.
After barely surviving this first week, I was wondering how in the world I was going to make it through week two. Even though I often think that I can do it all - the truth is that I am not Superman. I can't hold the up the weight of the world with my own two hands!
Then I remembered something that I had picked up off a Clearance Rack awhile ago simply because it was $4 and I figured I would find a use for it someday. Someday has arrived.
It's not time to crack under pressure. It's not time to throw in the towel. It's not time to curl up in the fetal position and sob uncontrollably. It's time to dig deep and find my inner Superman. DC Comics writer J. Michael Straczynski writes, "(Superman) stands for what we believe is the best within us: limitless strength tempered by compassion that can bear adversity and emerge stronger on the other side."
I wore my Superman shirt all weekend and will wear it to bed every night this week to remind myself to face each day with limitless strength tempered by compassion. I WILL get through this next week emerging stronger on the other side.
Don't worry - I haven't completely lost it. I'm doing more than dressing up in costume to get myself through the week:
1) Frequently reciting Galatians 6:9 "Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up."
2) Starting each morning with a protein packed smoothie
3) Maintaining my exercise routine
4) Playing Pharrell Williams' song "Happy" whenever I need a quick pick-me-up!
But . . . if you do happen to see something strange flying through the sky, it could be . . . a bird? . . . a plane? . . . It's SUPER MOM!