Thought for today:

‘Pessimism and optimism are slammed up against each other in my records, the tension between them is where it’s all at, it’s what lights the fire.’
— Bruce Springsteen
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Tension is a pulling force (compression is a pushing force).
Our lives are often subject to tensions where we are pulled in a particular direction.
How successful that pull is will depend on what else is pulling us in another direction.
Tension, stress, and anxiety often go hand in hand.
When you think about quitting your job, the tension (pull) of the new opportunity, the excitement, is often matched with a pushing force (the urge to get away from a bad boss, or poor work situation).
There is also a tension that is pulling you to stay, at least you know what you have to deal with, and a push keeping from the new job – what if it doesn’t work out.
Here we have two pulls, two pushes, and probably quite a few sleepless nights.
The tension causes us to feel stressed – often flip-flopping around a decision.
And the compressive forces, the pushes, cause us to imagine fearful futures and outcomes. This is anxiety.
When a decision is made, and we can sit with that decision comfortably, all those opposing forces melt away, and all is good again.
Or as The Boss would have it, the fire diminishes.

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