Parker County Today PCT June 2018 - Page 6

A Letter From The Editor You Say That Like It’s A Bad Thing M y guess is that the two most common phases used in American contemporary conversation must be, “I’m exhausted,” and “I’m soooo stressed out.” Last week, I saw an adorable 8-year-old. I asked her, “How are you?” Her answer: “I’ve never been so stressed out in my life.” I asked her, “What gives? Are you facing an IRS audit or going through a nasty divorce?” Her response: “What are you talking about?” At the age of eight, I had a unique way of handling the stress in my life. I’d get on my Shetland pony and go for a ride, I’d play with paper dolls or build a fort in the backyard using firewood.  What kind of society have we carved out for ourselves where an 8-year-old feels “stressed out?” Hearing people say these phrases is exhausting, even when they’re way past eight. It’s beginning to stress me out. I worry about them and want to help. I, personally, stay on an even keel most of the time.  A few days ago someone told me that I have a lot of stress in my life. It wasn’t the first time I’d been told that. I said, “No, I really don’t.” She looked puzzled. I added, “Why? Do I look stressed?” She answered, “I’d be stressed if I did what you’re doing.” This was coming from an emergency room RN. “Yeah,” I said. “I’d be stressed out if I had to try to save lives in the ER every night.” Apparently, we are both right where we should be.  One of the best business quotes I’ve gotten in an interview was from a local entrepreneur, the late Larry Barnett, in response to the ques- tion, “To what do you attribute your success?” “I grew up poor, and early on I learned to take the stress I felt and turn it into positive energy.” Powerful stuff, right? How do you do that? I took his words to heart and started working on applying them to my life and I found it’s really not hard. Over the years I’ve repeated Mr. Barnett’s words to my team members numer- ous times. Usually they roll their eyes and ignore me (you may be doing just that as you read this). But, I believe that Mr. Barnett was right. Stress is only a bad thing if you allow it to have a detrimental impact on your life. You can turn almost anything into a positive.  I’ve sort of programmed myself to look forward to those butter