Trials and Tribulations

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The trials we face through our daily lives make us stronger and wiser. Solving problems may cause mistakes, which we can learn from. These mistakes can be painful and others may not have any effect on us. In our daily routine, we encounter some little things that may drive us insane.

This book consists of different strategies of how to deal with daily stress. All of us experience minor stress and difficulties everyday. Through the years, we have developed bad habits. Without our knowledge, the way we respond to others may irritate them. These feelings can lead to frustrations for both parties. The author shows us a different perspective on life. His ideal life is living stress-free.

Everybody would like to live stress-free. In the book, the author suggests to live carefree. One must suppress their inner feelings. This technique may not be healthy for anyone, as far as mentally.

Suppressing these feelings would create stress in one person. It is important to relate any emotions to someone you are comfortable with. Building up inner emotions would lead the person to blow up, and cause pain to others or themselves. Not all of the authors' suggestions are may help us in our daily lives. Other advice will be discussed to show some of simple ways can make life easier.

Another suggestion is to live life to the fullest. Life is short, and one must live for the present, not the past nor the future. All of us tend to worry much about the future, and are filled with regrets about the past. We waste our time with all these worries, and not able to enjoy the present day we live in. By living in the present, our lives will run much smoother. If we worry so much we are not able to concentrate to get the task done for today. This will ruin a successful future.

Everyone suffers from attention deficit disorder. There are various degrees, but most of us are mild cases. We meet friends along the way. The first thing we would like to talk about is how our day went. The author suggests that we should all practice being better listeners. Your friend is full of excitement, and should not be interrupted by anyone. As he/she tells her story, we tend to complete their sentences. This increases stress for both parties because there are too many thoughts going on. Another bad habit is talking over the other person about how much better your story is. Now conflicts had developed between friendship, which induces stress. We should avoid speaking while others are talking. The process teaches us to let others have the glory.

During our drive everyday we see road rages everywhere. All of us become monsters once we are behind the wheel. Our level of tolerance is cut short, because time is so precious to most of us. We have appointments for everything we do. A few of us think driving is therapeutic. While driving we could reflect on our thoughts. Sometimes our thoughts are interrupted by driving maniacs, and our initial reaction would be anger. The author suggests that instead of reacting with anger, we must feel pity for that person. We should feel pity because of the short time they have.

Some of us suffer from perfection. Perfection is ideal, but not realistic. Being a perfectionist and drive someone insane. Worrying about all the mistakes, and trying to improve appearance is a waste of time. Nothing will never appear to be perfect in our eyes. Be happy with what you accomplished, and work with what you have.

It is very important to always have a positive energy in you. Doing a good deed brings you happiness, and that energy reflects on others. Do not waste that energy by spreading the news to others, but keep it to yourself. Good deeds are not supposed to be boasted to others. It is for self-improvement, and to lift one's spirit.

Have you ever told a person how much you love them? We always take advantage of the presence of others. We forget to remind our loved ones and ourselves how much they are appreciated. Time flies, and the unthinkable thing happens. Our loved ones are gone, and all we have left are feelings of regret. We can't live a moment without spreading love to everyone.

Sometimes we receive criticisms from others. We always react to this with defense. No one wants to hear about our mistakes, but always expects praises. We should all learn to see this as a constructive criticism. The negative reaction would prove our wrong ways. It is much easier to agree, and learn from it.

Lastly, the most important element to relieve stress is to relax. Release yourself from your thoughts that may bring a negative energy to inner self. Every year we try to go on trip to practice relaxation. During this vacation we are not in total relaxation. We are unconsciously reminded of the work we left behind. Relaxation can also help us with our accomplishments. If our minds are cleared from negative thoughts, ideas come quickly.

These are some advice that I feel are helpful to living a healthy life. Living in a stress-free environment would be ideal, but unrealistic. Conflicts and contradictions make life more interesting. Our minds need to challenge, to make us wiser. This is not always the case, it is cycle we live in. This book informs us that there is always room for improvement. It may be hard to change, but trying won't hurt. By practicing these "simple ways to keep the little things from taking over your life", we may all turn out as better individuals with better relationships, and live with success.