One stress cause for everyone is gossip – it brings anger just as surely as the north wind brings rain.
What Bad Can Come From Gossip?
- It is Clearly Sin – they all knew what the Bible said but admitted they easily overlook
- Leads to Conflict/Drama
- Breaks Trust
- Lose Friends
- Causes Pain and Stress
- Leaves Feelings of Guilt
- Puts others down – not uplift them.
For married men – it is said that it is better to live on the roof than share the house with a nagging wife.
You go spend your afternoons, evenings and weekends in your garage, man cave or at the bar. It seems that every time you walk in the door the first words out of your wife’s mouth are filled with angst. And if it’s not angst, it’s anger at the kids. And if it’s not anger, it’s stress. Whatever the case may be, it’s not just unpleasant – it leads to fighting. So instead of fighting, you just avoid. You go hide in the garage and wait for calmer parts of the day to make your appearance.
But here’s the thing. It may be tough to walk in that door and stay engaged. It may be hard to pull yourself out of the garage. But you absolutely have to. Absolutely. You can’t just allow your life to waste away, your wife to waste away and your influence with your kids to waste away. Get back in the right and fight for your marriage and fight for your family. No one ever won the game from the bleachers.
If you are distressed by anything external, the pain is not due to the thing itself, but to your estimate of it; and this you have the power to revoke at any moment. – Marcus Aurelius