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A Perspective on Stress

Many years ago, I was speaking with a relative who had just taken a management position at the Pentagon. Paul had been a bench scientist for decades, and was completely unprepared for the stress. Congressional staffers were demanding information, budget cuts were a constant threat, yet he noticed that a co-worker came to work every day whistling and in good spirits. He asked the co-worker, who was a retired colonel, how he was able to handle the stress. The colonel replied, “Easy – no one is getting shot here. What are they going to do to me? Yell at me? Call me names? Fire me? I’m okay with that. Last I checked, they aren’t taking us out in the parking lot and shooting us!”

The old colonel’s words are worth remembering.

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