stress meterA friend gave me a book Fearfully and Wonderfully Made which contained essays by a Dr. Brand.  Dr. Brand worked with lepers and made a good argument for the benefit of pain to help protect us.  Certainly, too much pain is not a good thing but too little pain can lead to problems and disfigurement as in his patients with leprosy.  As much as I hate it, I have to admit that much of what I am I owe to anxiety.  Anxiety over possible failing grades was essential to force me to sit and study.  Even from a very young age, anxiety has played a part in my life.  Anxiety isn’t always a bad thing.

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