There’s a risk in going too fast.
I’m reminded of the time a group of friends invited me to an afternoon of road racing at a Le Mans style race track. A buddy and I were handed the keys to Corvettes, Lamborghinis, and other high performance cars and given just one instruction: “Have fun.” The track had S-turns, hair pin curves, and straightaways where you could reach speeds in excess of 125 miles per hour if you were daring enough. It was exhilarating!
But there was one moment that shot fear through my body and made it hard to breathe for a split second. I came out of one of the curves a little loose and felt the back end of the car fish tail. It wasn’t much, I’m sure, but it doesn’t take much to scare a guy who’s usually behind the wheel of a minivan driving his kids to school.
Intense experiences are a thrill … if you’re in control.
But what happens when you’re not in control? Some of you know what I’m talking about. You feel like a wave is crashing over you, sweeping you off of your feet and leaving you completely upside-down and bewildered. What then?
In the midst of circumstances you didn’t choose and you can’t control, is it possible to say, “I’m at peace. I have hope”? It’s not easy, but I think the guests on yesterday’s and today’s broadcasts can help you develop a game plan that works.
We’re talking with co-authors Kathy Lipp and Cheri Gregory, who offer practical help and hope to men and women who feel overwhelmed by job responsibilities, marriage and parenting challenges, and all the stuff of life that is beyond their ability to influence.
You’ll learn which of the four personalities for interpreting and handling stress most naturally suits you, and how it can guide your decision making. You’ll also learn why you sometimes just need to “get on the boat.” And you’ll learn how and when to say no. Finally, you’ll learn how to work together with your spouse to avoid overburdening each other.
If you’re overwhelmed, you can make a change. Bursts of speed can be exhilarating … for a time. We weren’t designed to live at that pace. We have to slow down enough that we can appreciate the real life happening right in front of us.