The Ultimate Stress Test: What Do You See?
What do you see in in the above photo, hmmmm? It's a stress test: if you see anything but 2 dolphins there, you are stressed. If you happen to see a cow too, you are VERY stressed. I see the cow. I must be having an especially tough week. And as the comedian and actress Lily Tomlin tells us, "Reality is the leading cause of stress amongst those in touch with it." Sage observation with a grin, no? Deep within my own personal maelstroms, I've often remembered this quote and been able to laugh. Authentic laughter cleans out the pipes . But how many of us get truly bent out of our frames when what's in front of us doesn't match what we think "should" be there? Yes, we stress. And nearly everyone I've shown the photo to also sees the cow! Is reality the true cause of our stress, though? Or is there something amiss in how we're perceiving things? Also, how many of us keep as wide a berth as possible between our consciousness and actual reality? I