Stress is an inevitable part of life. We have to have it. It’s part of being human and intrinsic to who we are. We can’t make it go away and it’s almost impossible for us to not get stressed out. We’re too integrated with each other and the things in life we love. When something we love doing doesn’t go according to plan or someone we love pisses us off by not putting away their dishes or not picking up after themselves, of course its going to bother us.

Why wouldn’t it?

Stress are like ocean waves. The bigger they are, the more ruckus the ocean becomes. The smaller they are, the more calm. We can’t change the ocean. But we can learn how to surf.

The ocean is unpredictable. At times, it can be steady and then extremely volatile. Learning to surf, we can adapt to the changes of the ocean. And learning to be in the moment, you’ll learn more than ever about what you have control of and what you don’t.

If you don’t pay attention, the ocean will eat you alive. Or sharks. They tend to do that too.

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  • Mike Liguori

    Chief Creative

    Live Your Truth Media

    I'm an Iraq War veteran, published author, and founder of Live Your Truth Media, a content marketing firm that focuses on powerful storytelling and audience building. My book, The Sandbox Stories of Human Spirit and War chronicled my two combat tours in Iraq and coming home from the war. My writing and thoughts have been featured in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and his personal story has been featured on, The Denver Post, Huff Post Live, and other media publications. For the last ten years, I have had the honor and privilege to work with some of the top brands in the world and some of the most ambitious start-ups you could ever imagine. From copywriting to content creation and strategy, I take the client’s mission and vision into alignment with their audience by creating authentic and meaningful content to drive sales, customer engagement and brand loyalty. My next book, War How I've Missed You, is scheduled to release in 2020.