Dan Trathen DMin, PhD Clinical Psychologist & Certified Business & Life Coach

Corrosion and Stress

Several years ago my travels took me to Greece. I wanted to see for myself some of the “Seven Wonders” of the ancient world which I had read about and studied as a boy. I was interested in seeing the “Acropolis” in Athens, Greece and the “Colossus of Rhodes” on the Greek Island of Rhodes. As is common for many who travel, my expectations were somewhat different from what I experienced. The “Colossus” which I had read about was a gigantic bronze statue standing guard over the entrance to a man made harbor. The ships that pulled into port had to sail between its legs. It symbolized a safe haven from an unprotected coastline and also served as a landmark from which sailors could see miles out to sea. What I discovered when I arrived was that the only things left were the foundation stones upon which it’s feet once stood. The great “Colossus of Rhodes” was long gone, a victim of conquering armies and the stresses caused by centuries of storms. Needless to say I was very disappointed. So on I went to the “Acropolis”– the upper fortified part of the ancient Greek city of Athens. From my studies, I was fascinated with the thought of seeing the large columned building (238 ft. long and 111 ft. wide) called the “Parthenon”. As you might expect, what I encountered was the deteriorated remains of a structure stressed by centuries of tourists and heavy pollution. I was struck by not only its enormity, but also by the corrosive effects of thousands of years of environmental stress. Several years ago, the Greek government decided to lend a hand and stop the erosion and began to restore the “Parthenon”. They recognized the problem and set a plan in place to reverse it. This process is not unlike stresses that we all encounter in our daily lives, which over time eat away at us and wear us down. When will we recognize the problems caused by stress in our lives, and give ourselves a helping hand? Let’s look at the issue more closely as I offer one simple suggestion for stopping and reversing the destructive nature of stress.

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