Maybe I don't end up looking quite so extreme when I am feeling overwhelmed with, oh you know...LIFE, but I do experience tell tale signs of the presence of... let's call it "tension."
My heart gets really tight and achey. It's a deep ache. The kind that is hard to shake. Usually as I get through my work day, the ache subsides as do the demands of the day. It's mostly something that I find myself pressing through, dealing with...but not really. Mostly, just waiting for the symptoms to subside. I think most of us have come to accept stress and the experience that comes with it, as a "normal" part of life, and just something that we must endure and push through. The slogan, "No pain, no gain," comes to mind. And yes, while some stress can be productive and helpful, often ignoring what our body or mind is trying to tell us can be harmful.
What is my heart trying to tell me? What am I ignoring? I've been asking myself these questions lately. Something is not right. Perhaps it never will be completely right. Maybe that is the state of things. Maybe my heart knows that things are not quite as they should be and will continue to remind me of this.