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The “P” Word Is the “S” Word & Vice Versa

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WordPress asks today, Are You Stressed Out? My initial response was to throw my keyboard at the flat screen, which would have been an unambiguous response to the question. But I withheld the theatrics and was going to delete the email when the light bulb brightened ::TING:: (isn’t that a great sound-effect? TING). Because, WordPress, as a matter of fact, I am stressed. Like the whole flippin’ country. Well, most of it, anyway. And the thing about stress that can be scary is the way in which it bolts so easily into pain. And then you become the emo poster child, which is rather distressing.

I make light, much of the time, of my current situation. I am helpless, really. I don’t know how else to react. I joke and smile, holding up my head, trying to run a business and raise my 3 ½ year old LOVE and take care of myself and keep in touch with people who are concerned about me. But much of the time, I just want to sink into a blessed silence, where no emails or phone calls or face-to-face contacts can completely and utterly destroy me for the day or the week or perhaps even the month.

I am gutted by the helplessness. I can’t sleep, made worse by my daughter being gone for nearly 2 weeks with her father. Her presence, her smallness and need, keep me level-headed with no time for feeling sorry for myself. I’ve been holding it together for months. But the unraveling begins beneath the surface. Then the tell-tale signs appear on your exterior: black marks beneath your eyes, bad hair days, no make-up, weight loss. People, mostly your close friends and family, know what’s going on so when they see you, they want so badly to help you, to make you feel better. They read your face: Quick! Get out the Kleenex box!

I don’t like talking about what’s happening in my life with the people I see day to day. I don’t return phone calls, emails have a 50/50 chance. Marriage, business , finances – everything tubed down the chutes at the same time. Every bit of it, the Trifecta of Tragedy. I am, for the most part, a robot right now. How does one determine what is the “right thing to do” in the midst of so much upheaval? My husband walked out and asked for a divorce; should I have hired an attorney when there is no money? My business is tottering with the economic crunch; should I bail? My husband stopped paying bills and the mortgage; should I file bankruptcy? I don’t have any answers, though I have started praying an awful lot. Awkward and snotty, I don’t really feel like I know how to talk to God. But who else do I turn to when the answers I’ve given so far have earned me an “F” in the Pop Quiz of Life?

IT IS SO, SO PAINFUL. I hate it. I hate this uncontrollable emotion, the sobs and the strings of snot that get in my hair. I often wonder if it would be easier if there had been an affair or an addiction; I know it’s pointless to wonder. Our situation is so mundanely textbook as to seem ridiculous: baby, house, business – too much responsibility at the same instant, communication break-downs, long days & nights at the office trying to make it work, tight but manageable finances – everything hinged on balancing it perfectly. And failing utterly.

I would block the emails and the phone calls, but they are the only form of communication for talking about the needs of our daughter. I black out the attacks. I ask that we “not go there.” I want to stand on the higher ground. But in the middle of an abyss, the higher ground seems unattainable. I can usually ignore the parts in the emails that stand on the grassy knoll of my character assassination, but the sniper has more of a serial personality, and stalks me later in the day or week. After the 3rd attempt, I respond in these short, terse phrases that are interpreted as remorseless narcissism. And that pisses me off. Then all my promises to myself to hit “ignore” go unheeded. After running from the stalk all week, the pain and the stress make me shout, then cry.

That’s how I began my morning. Pained stress. Stressed Pain. One in the same.

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Written by cr8df8

January 5, 2011 at 4:37 pm

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  1. I know your pain well. An affair is not better – it’s just another way of hurting. It is horribly painful and exhausting, and oh yes, you’re emotional. Uncontrollable crying, inability to sleep, irritability, the prolonged soul-deep sadness that feels like it will never leave you. You drag yourself through each day, waiting for something that will show you a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel. Because you are so stressed, your children make you crazy, and yet they are the only thing that keeps you sane.
    This is the first time I have visited your blog (through Alicia), so I don’t even know anything about you except what you wrote above. I know enough from that, though. You will persevere, you will end up stronger in the end, and a few years from now you will look back and be proud of yourself. Faith and a whole lot of prayer, the love of family and friends, and time were what got me through. Your daughter will be the anchor that keeps you from just drifting away, and your writing will save you.
    Hang in there, and ignore people who tell you to cheer up. You will heal, but it has to be on your own terms, in your own time. I will be praying for you.

    HeidiR

    January 7, 2011 at 9:15 am

    • I’ve already told you this, but again, thank you so much for these words. They come from one who has walked at another time the same path I have been traversing.

      cr8df8

      January 8, 2011 at 1:56 pm

  2. or try to keep them close as often as possible; you can’t manage that, when you are sleeping; I could tell you a lot of nightmares, of bad dreams, pulling me back into my horrible moments of life: I am always glad, when the day begins and I can start NEW things …

    frizztext

    January 7, 2011 at 4:07 am

    • My dreams, blessedly, have been horror free. But I haven’t slept much either, which makes dreaming a little difficult. I agree…a new days means new things are possible; that’s a gift.

      cr8df8

      January 8, 2011 at 1:55 pm

  3. in the middle of an abyss…
    frizz: if you look too much into an abyss,
    the abyss looks back into you (NIETZSCHE)

    frizztext

    January 6, 2011 at 4:02 am

    • As in, some doors are better left unopened…

      cr8df8

      January 7, 2011 at 3:04 am

      • or try to keep those doors close as often as possible; you can’t manage that, when you are sleeping; I could tell you a lot of nightmares, of bad dreams, pulling me back into my horrible moments of life: I am always glad, when the day begins and I can start NEW things …

        frizztext

        January 7, 2011 at 4:08 am


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