by Fred Lowery

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How to Balance Before you Burst (1 of 8)
If It Ain't One Thing It's Another
Fred Lowery
Ecclesiastes 8:6; Job 14:5; Ecclesiastes 4:4; Psalm 46:10; Exodus 20:8-11; Psalm 127:2; Matthew 11:28
July 1, 2007

America according to Time Magazine, the American dream has become a stress nightmare. Overscheduled, over-rushed, over-committed, and too connected. CNN revealed that 69% of Americans want to slow down. Anybody in that group? Most Americans realize we are going too fast. In fact the Harris poll tells us that today we have 8 ½ hours less of leisure time than we had 10 years ago with all of the stuff we have to save time. One of the problems is something called a cell telephone. You can't get away from them. And the email. I read where 56% of the people in the work force answer their emails immediately. I'm not in that group. I wait until I get 180 and then I delete most of them and answer a few. Can you imagine? We have the email and the cell phone and all these things and yet, that's what's eating up our time so that the bottom line is we have 8 ½ less hours for leisure than we had 10 years ago. Something is wrong with that picture, isn't it? Let's take a pop test. Complete the following sentences for me: I am really stressed. My life is falling. I'm at the end of my rope. I'm at my wits end. I'm coming unglued. If it ain't one thing, it's another. How many of you have said those things. Just raise your hand and be honest. Just about everybody in this room. That's how we live. That last one happens to be the title of this series, "If It Ain't One Thing, It's another, and for those of you who are concerned about the fact that I use the word ain't in the title of this series, get over it. I got it from you. That's the way I hear you say it. I also hear you say the faster I go, the behinder I get. Not good grammar, but it makes sense, doesn't it. You understand it. It's like a country music song. They just make good sense. You u ...

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