Relieving Stress (2 of 4) by Jeff Strite
This content is part of a series.Relieving Stress (2 of 4)
Series: RX For The Soul
OPEN: An elderly mountain farmer had been involved in an accident between his mule-drawn wagon and an car driven by another man. Now, the farmer was suing the driver, claiming personal injuries as a result of the accident.
When the farmer was on the stand, the attorney for the driver of the car ''Tell me sir, isn't it true that after the accident, you said that you never felt better in your life?''
''Well,'' the farmer began, ''that morning I got up, hitched up my mule to the wagon, and put my hound dog in the seat beside me and I started on down the road…''
The lawyer interrupted ''Please, just give me a simple yes or no answer to the question''
At this point the judge stepped in and directed the lawyer to let the farmer have his way in answering the question.
''Well,'' the farmer began again, ''that morning I got up, hitched up my mule to the wagon, put my hound dog in the seat beside me and I started on down the road… and I jest got over the rise of the road when this big car barreled into my rear end. My mule was knocked to one side of the road, my dog to the other and I was pinned under the seat.
Directly, a policeman came along, seen my mule had its leg broke, pulled out his pistol and shot him dead. He went over to my dog, seen it was hurt real bad, and shot it in the head.''
''Then, he came over to me and asked, 'Well, how are you feeling?' and, shore nuff, I said I never felt better in my whole life.''
APPLY: Anxiety has an effect on how we view life and how we respond to the stresses of life. That gun in the policeman's hand made the farmer an anxious man and he responded accordingly. Now, what we're going to talk about today is anxiety and worry, and the stress that usually accompanies it.
I. Stress …
Question: How many of you have ever experienced stress? (the majority of hands shot up). Stress is something that happens to just about all of us. It k ...
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