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Chapter 6. Balance and Emotional Baggage... > Why Now Is Better than Later

Why Now Is Better than Later

In the quest for balance, there is no time like the present. Many of us avoid looking at our “old issues.” We feel we should be “past that.” Or we may truly have lived through something horrific—a divorce by a vengeful spouse that bankrupted us or harmed our relationship with our children or an abusive family member who remains a bitter, cruel person—and it hurts to delve backwards. We may feel we should be over things by now. Or, quite frankly, the veritable glut of self-help books has turned people off from finding help. There are comedians who make light of the “dysfunctional family”—after all, aren't we all dysfunctional in some way or another? But our guess is a still, small voice inside tells you that sooner or later you have to deal with your past resentments. There are clues—stress-related illnesses that come up again and again (such as the “flu” you get every Thanksgiving, the instant tension in your neck every time you see your boss, the sweaty palms every time Caller ID says your father is calling). These old baggage issues aren't going to vaporize and disappear without work. You'll just bury them deeper and deeper. So the question we ask you is this one: Wouldn't you rather deal with this now and get it over with and move along in your quest for balance, rather than dealing with these same issues 10 years from now (with 10 more years of these rotten feelings and stress reactions)?

Stress in America

The American Institute of Stress, located in New York, was founded in 1978 and is a clearinghouse of information about stress, including what they say is one of the top culprits: job stress.



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