Do you ever lose track about how much progress you’ve made in a certain area of your life? Recently for me, it was realizing that I have far less stress in my life than I did even a few years ago.

In the fall of 2013, I volunteered for an American Cancer Society prevention study. I did lab work, answered questions about my health history, and agreed to complete annual updates.

This week I received my packet in the mail, and sat down to answer the questions yesterday. I checked boxes about my teenage eating and exercise habits (YIKES!) and what they look like today.

As I neared the end of the multi-page packet, I reached these questions.

  1. “In the last month, how often have you felt difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them?”
  1. “How much stress do you experience during an average week?”
  1. “In the last month, how often have you felt that you were unable to control the important things in your life?”

And it hit me. My answers. Less stress.

  1. Never.
  2. Almost no stress.
  3. Never.

Hey, I’m not saying things don’t happen in my life that aren’t challenging and even a little, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!” But, it’s how I choose to approach them now, how I choose to be in the situation. How I choose to  have less stress.

I choose to be present.

In 2013, when I signed on to be part of this study, I was already on my healing journey from divorce, my mom’s death, my child’s serious health diagnosis, and more. But since then, my spiritual practice has kicked into overdrive. As a result I have less stress, and my daily average of peace on a 0-10 scale is usually an 8 or 9.

An 8 or 9.

As I’m typing this, tears are in my eyes and my chest feels warm. I take a deep breath of gratitude for more peace and less stress.

Yesterday, when I opened the big white envelope and read, “…will take approximately one hour to complete,” I thought I was doing the American Cancer Society a favor. They were getting one hour of my time and all my personal information.

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But it turns out, the favor…was for me.

I am spiritually, emotionally and physically healthier than I was 5 years ago, 2 years ago, and in many ways even since last year.

My answers to their 84 questions are evidence that my daily practices are definitely leading me on the road to my best life.

Sweetheart, what are your answers to these questions? Do you have less stress and more peace?

  1. “In the last month, how often have you felt difficulties were piling up so high that you could not overcome them?”
  1. “How much stress do you experience during an average week?”
  1. “In the last month, how often have you felt that you were unable to control the important things in your life?”

On a 0-10 scale, what’s your daily average for PEACE?

It’s time to live YOUR best life.

Love, light and grace to you.