Viral Email Gets an Update

August 14, 2008 at 2:40 am 3 comments

I received the following as an email forward the other day, and a very brief google showed me it was wildly viral – appearing in literally thousands of blogs and articles.  What I found mildly off-putting was that in all that exposure, it still remained steadfastly Christian-centric, though the advice in it is sound for ALL people.  Not that I don’t believe you are all capable of reading between the lines and applying the lessons to your own life, Christian or otherwise, but I really felt SOMEONE ought to make the statement… so I cheerfully volunteer!  The items in red are my, er, ammendments.  Please bear in mind that I mean no offense to those who hold the Christian beliefs and were fine with the original, I just think the message deserves a broader audience!

Christian Ways to Reduce Stress  Ways to Reduce Stress 




An Angel says, “Never borrow from the future.  If you worry about what may happen tomorrow, and it doesn’t happen, you have worried in vain.  Even if it does happen, you have to worry twice.”  It wasn’t an angel, just someone with good common sense.

  1. Pray.  Go Within.
  2. Go to bed on time.
  3. Get up on time so you can start the day without being rushed.
  4. Say “No” to projects that won’t fit into your time schedule, or that will compromise your mental health.
  5. Delegate tasks to capable others.
  6. Simplify and unclutter your life.
  7. Less is more – while one is often not enough, two is often too many.
  8. Allow extra time to accomplish things and get to places.
  9. Pace yourself.  Spread out big changes and difficult projects over time;  don’t lump the hard things all together.
  10. Take one day at a time.
  11. Separate worries from concerns.  If a situation is a concern, find out what God would have you do, and let go of the anxiety.  Be still, listen for the answer.  Make a list of possible courses of action.  Let intuition guide you.  If you can’t do anything about a situation, forget it.
  12. Live within your budget; don’t use credit cards for ordinary purchases.
  13. Have backups:  an extra car key in your wallet, and extra house key buried in the garden, extra stamps, etc. 
  14. K.M.S. = (Keep Mouth Shut).  This single piece of advice can prevent an enormous amount of trouble.
  15. Do something for the kid in you.
  16. Carry a Bible with you to read while waiting in line.  Carry ANYTHING with you to read in line:  that book you never have time to finish, your Blackberry to catch up on a couple of emails, some Sudoku puzzles, a small notebook to write the next great American novel… these “wasted” minutes can add up to some unexpected productivity, instead of frustration.
  17. Get enough rest.
  18. Eat right.
  19. Get organized so everything has its place.  If it has no place, and a place can’t reasonably be made, you probably don’t need it, so get rid of it.
  20. Listen to a tape while driving that can help improve your quality of life.  Tape?  When is the last time you saw a “tape?”  How about:  “Download an mp3 to listen to while driving…”
  21. Write down thoughts and inspirations WHEN YOU HAVE THEM.  Carry a small notebook with you always.  This is the universe, delivering you pure gold.
  22. Every day, find time to be alone.  How can you give yourself to others, if you never take the time to remember who you are??
  23. Having problems?  Talk to God on the spot (whatever that means for YOU).  Don’t wait until it’s time to go to bed to try and pray.  It is perfectly OK to quietly ask for guidance, no matter what your beliefs… even if you’re not sure what those beliefs are – just ask with the assurance that you will be answered.
  24. Make friends with Godly people.  Make friends with people who uplift and inspire you.  Conversely, avoid those who are a drain n your energy (mentally, physically, emotionally, or financially).
  25. Keep a folder of favorite scriptures on hand.  Keep a folder of favorite quotes, humorous emails, and kind words from friends on hand.
  26. Remember that the shortest bridge between despair and hope is often a good “Thank You Jesus.”  Actually, just a heartfelt “Thank You,” will suffice.
  27. Laugh.
  28. Laugh some more!
  29. Take your GOALS seriously, but not yourself at all.
  30. Develop a forgiving attitude – most people are doing the best they can.  Always remember to forgive yourself as well.
  31. Be kind to unkind people – they probably need it the most.
  32. Sit on your ego.
  33. Talk less, listen more.
  34. Slow down.
  35. Remind yourself that you are not the general manager of the universe.  Actually, yes you are.  You are the creator of YOUR universe, and therefore need to accept 100% responsibility for everything in your life.  You don’t get to take credit for the good, and blame someone else for the seemingly not-so-good.  That said, you are only in charge of yourself, not everyone else, so live and let live.
  36. Every night before bed, think of one thing you’re grateful for that you’ve never been grateful for before.  Then, write down EVERYTHING that you are grateful for in your life, even if you’ve been grateful a hundred times before!  When you are in a state of gratitude, the universe will respond with more for you to be grateful for!  Gratitude is quite possibly the single most powerful tool at your disposal for creating the life of your dreams.

God has a way of turning things around for you.  Yep, and just remember, “god” means whatever you think it means. 




“If God is for us, who can be against us?”  (Romans 8:31)  Good question. 




All my love, Kristy

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Meredith (LitC!)  |  August 14, 2008 at 3:23 pm

    I love this (and I adore your additions). This is great!! 🙂

  • 2. PaintandSoul  |  August 15, 2008 at 1:02 am

    Good advice is to be found in many places, even in viral e-mails and Christianity I guess. (That was meant to be funny, I know those things don’t always come across well in text, but it was!) I liked your changes to this, thanks for sharing. It’s always a good idea to remind ourselves of ways to keep from stressing ourselves out! Several of those fall under my recent apartment therapy process, and in the good common sense reminders category as well.

  • 3. averagegoddess  |  August 15, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Yeah, it’s not very often you get a chain email and think, “Wow, well that was an eye-opener…”


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