Distress tolerance is an important skill to learn because, no matter who we are, we all encounter distress we need to tolerate.
I’ve been tolerating a lot of distress lately, including
- open heart surgery,
- a cardiac pacemaker recall,
- American politics,
- loss, and
Chances are that you’ve been tolerating distress lately, too.
So how do we tolerate distress?
Personally, I tolerate distress with
- spending time with people I love,
- taking action, and
- taking pictures.
Which of those photos are best for your distress tolerance?
For me, these two photos
… illustrate this important lesson: If you want a cupcake, don’t go for a cookie masquerading as a cupcake. Get the real thing.
And this picture
is very good for my distress tolerance, because it shows me that beautiful things can turn up, even when and where you least expect them.
And here‘s some music that helps me tolerate distress:
Here’s a joke I just found on YouTube:
Arnold Schwarzenegger works in a record shop and a customer asks him where to find the Brandenburg Concertos.
Arnold answers “Aisle B, Bach”
I’ll be back with another post, tomorrow.
Thanks to all who helped me create this distress-tolerating post and to you — of course! — for tolerating my blog, here and now.