Feel Good Fridays

People walking on a sand dune in a vast desert

Today had a stressful beginning for me.  So, my stress has inspired today’s Feel Good Friday quote!

It is, of course, written by Frank Herbert, the author of Dune, one of my all-time favorite movies:

“The mind can go either direction under stress—toward positive or toward negative: on or off. Think of it as a spectrum whose extremes are unconsciousness at the negative end and hyperconsciousness at the positive end. The way the mind will lean under stress is strongly influenced by training.”

I had to keep telling myself it will all be okay, that I have the money to handle this and that, to keep breathing, to force the shaking hands and shaky breaths to go away.  To think POSITIVE thoughts instead of negative ones.

Yes, car repairs may be costly.  But, I have the funds for them.  And if the total goes above my means, I’ll find a way.  And even better?  The repairs may be an easy and cheap fix! I cannot dwell on what I won’t know until next week. Let. It. Go.

Yes, I was late to work because of the car trouble.  But, my employer is understanding and will allow me to make up the time. No harm, no foul.

I spun myself up into a stressful little tizzy-ball last night and had trouble falling and staying asleep.  If I had embraced the positive thoughts and released the lack of control and stress, I would have slept better.  I don’t know what the repairs will cost.  And I don’t know what the repairs will entail…until I know, I shouldn’t dwell on it.

Which brings to mind another Frank Herbert Dune quote, “Fear is the mind killer…”  Let. It. Go!

What are you dealing with that’s stressful right now? Are you able to find the positive spin?  Focus on the known and not the unknown?  Try to deflate the sense of urgency and desperation?

I hope you guys have a good weekend! I plan to. 🙂


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