Whether you feel “I’ve-had-it-with-the-world-and-everything-in-it” hectic,

MALE LION BARING HIS FANGS - Schotia Safaris, South Africa

“get-out-of-my-face-I’m-having-a-bad-day” mad,

MALE LION SNARL - Schotia Safaris, South Africa

or “don’t-make-your-problems-mine” ratty,

LIONESS BARING HER FANGS - Schotia Safaris, South Africa

it pays to remember that stress arises inside.


In response
to a given stimulus,
Stress arises

Allowed to rule,
it wreaks havoc
recognized, unresisted,
it recedes

potential teacher,
Stress offers options
on a silver platter

Succumb and suffer
or choose to transcend,
knowing that the choice
arises inside

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“If you ask what is the single most important key to longevity, I would have to say it is avoiding worry, stress and tension. And if you didn’t ask me, I’d still have to say it.” – George F. Burns

“Don’t let your mind bully your body into believing it must carry the burden of its worries.” – Astrid Alauda

“Adopting the right attitude can convert a negative stress into a positive one.” – Hans Selye

God will never give you anything you can’t handle, so don’t stress.” – Kelly Clarkson

“Give your stress wings and let it fly away.” – Terri Guillemets

“Tension is who you think you should be. Relaxation is who you are.” – Chinese Proverb

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22 Responses to Stress

  1. Cindy says:

    Profound words and amazing photos!

  2. We were not created to endure stress. I read that a hormone is released in our bodies when we stress out, especially in a fight-or-flight instance. This stress hormone is destructive if constantly washing through our systems. And, as we age, it takes longer for this hormone to dissipate, accounting for sleeplessness after a stressful incident.

    Thank you for an excellent post, Naomi. Stress is our body’s enemy. Our mind’s enemy, too. We must learn to avoid stress. Sometimes the fight-or-flight episode is unavoidable, but we must actively make up our minds not to incessantly worry. It’s harmful. Blessings to you…

  3. P.S. The photos are GREAT! Laughter is good medicine for stress.

  4. nrhatch says:

    Wonderful posts, Nome! Especially enjoyed:

    Allowed to rule,
    it wreaks havoc
    recognized, unresisted,
    it recedes

    So true.

    Accept the “what is.”
    How you relate to the issue IS the issue.

    Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. ~ Teddy Roosevelt

    Thanks for a lovely poem paired with majestic photos!

  5. Well this is the perfect post for me today! I still have the lost dog. I love him too pieces but he is not fixed. And my daugthers dogs are going to have to live with me for awhile and they aren’t fixed. The lost dog is a male and my daughters dogs are female. And one of hers is extremely dominant. Oh lets don’t forget my dog and cat in the mix! They are fixed. Thank goodness or I would probably run away. So her dogs who are used to going into my backyard to run around and sit in the sun now have to be walked on a leashes across the street just too pee! In order to do that I have to first put my dog in the backyard without them noticing it. Oh well I am glad that at least I came up with a system. This too shall pass, I hope. I love the lion photos. They looks so cuddly. It would be so great if they wouldn’t eat us and we could play with them. Now they would be great snuggle bunnies in the bed.

    • Naomi says:

      OMG, your situation sounds like a HANDFUL! All the best with that – I hope it is resolved real soon. All credit to you too; you’re one rescuing angel 🙂

      Lions are hugely appealing in many ways. There’s an amazing man not far from us in Johannesburg who literally does cuddle with them. He’s called the lion whisperer and if you follow this link you’ll see why: – enjoy…

  6. souldipper says:

    “Without stress, imagine how a harp would sound.” Those were the words of an Irishman, spiritual and lilting, that I have lived by. It’s the overdose that damages. Without stress, how would a butterfly be strong enough to fly?

    You, my friend, how to access all the tools to handle it with dignity. Look at this fabulous creation. Thank you. I love who you are, Naoms.

  7. thank you, i awoke with a panic over what i’m about to do, a reminder that worry just distracts from getting it done

  8. Gorgeous, Naomi 🙂 What an uplifting post! Thank you.

  9. Stress is a big factor in my life right now Naomi so I appreciate this post to the greatest extent. I swear I’ve looked like that lion a few times this past month, hahaha. Your post consists of great pictures, great poetry and all gently wrapped in meaningful advice. I must say, thank you for this post, I loved it.

    Mr. Mojo Risin

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks a ton, Mojo – also for the laugh 😀 I was sorry to learn recently about your challenging time, and hope things improve in leaps and bounds for you.

  10. Tokeloshe says:

    Stunning photos!
    I hope you weren’t too close 😉

    • Naomi says:

      Never too close for Dave’s liking! At least, as you may know, these lions look a lot more menacing than their mood was at the time. They were engaged in their evening yawning session – warm up for the hunt, but no real agression in action yet 🙂

  11. Naomi – I am once again shaking my head at how fabulous your photos are! Seriously, they are incredible. Thanks for sharing them 😀

    And how true your words are about stress – we have a choice whether to allow it to rule our lives or to let it escape into the ether. I know which one I would prefer, but stress is hard to avoid in this world.

    Thanks for the inspiring post!
    Chloe xx

    • Naomi says:

      Thanks for a wonderful comment, Chloe 😀

      Dave is the master, especially of wildlife and action photography, so I’ll pass on your compliment!

      I agree that stress is hard to avoid – hence half the reson I wrote this post, to remind myself to be mindful 🙂

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