Are the challenges of life affecting your zest for living?

Everyone faces Challenge in their life


Worrying about nothing? Give you head a shake

We all face challenges some more than others, it is how we deal with those challenges that affect our daily living.

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When we were young the challenges of growing up seemed devastating.  We would have a fight with a friend and our social life was ended!  We broke up with a boy or girlfriend and our life was over!  Or so we thought.

Getting older requires us to be a little more in tune to what events impact out lives.  Letting the little things constantly get you down may have them growing into huge mountains that can’t be climbed especially when as the saying goes we are already over the hill.

It is true that we often make mountains out of molehills and that is why it is important for us to see everyday challenges for what they really are.  Most are simply an inconvenience that disrupts our day and should be treated as such.  Worry and anxiety can lead to imaginary problems, these can lead to fears that negatively affect our zest for living.

Challenges can turn into real problems

If left unchecked some of those fears can turn into real problems.  To outsiders these are irrational and they start to become concerned about our ability to manage our lives.  Family members may view them as unfounded and unreasonable concerns that set off their alarm bells.  Those bells have others concerned for our safety and well-being.

I recall a friend whose husband traveled to the middle east for work and while the location didn’t worry her, being on her own did.  Every time he left she became fearful of driving even though when he was home she had no problem doing so.  Then she became fearful of being alone, although she was frequently alone when he was working at home.  Eventually, it took such a toll on him that he refused the overseas assignment, which had been financially lucrative.

On the flip side another acquaintance, who once loved to go out with friends and entertain, split from her partner and her view of life changed.  She became suspicious of people, felt her work colleagues had turned against and no longer accepted invitations or gave dinner parties.  When asked what was wrong and how they could supporter her she challenged their true intentions so often that they eventually gave up calling.

Both of these could be extreme circumstances and I am not educated enough in the matter to make any diagnosis.  My point here to remind us that we should examine our own life challenges to ensure we are not overreacting to the point at which we lose our zest for living. By doing so we are keeping ourselves on the path to Conscious Aging that leads to the road of living well, living happily and living long.


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