Can we avoid stress?

I remember the sound of the ticking clock in my grandmother’s kitchen. It’s the same sound that my bathroom clock makes. Sometimes, when I’m rushing to get ready, I don’t hear it, and that’s when I need it the most because the sound reminds me of love and care.

The sound of the clock brings back memories of the moments I would sit in her kitchen and watch her cook. It felt warm and safe.

The funny thing is, my grandmother had a tendency to get stressed —not about cooking, but about going on stage when she was performing. She was an opera singer with a truly beautiful voice, so she really had nothing to worry about —or stress about, at least it seemed so.

But we never know what stresses people out, do we?

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Originally published on April 17, 2024 at