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There are many things that can cause us to say we’re too tired: the rising cost of living, the hard-to-manage economy, distasteful fashions, etc. etc. etc. Aside from a medical condition such as an iron deficiency, when we say we’re too tired we usually mean that we’re physically or emotionally fatigued.

There are several reasons why we might complain of this kind of tiredness: overtaxing ourselves by working long hours without proper rest, worry, worry, worry, a bad attitude, feelings of guilt, lack of exercise, maybe even not drinking enough water or poor diet choices, discontent with life, even boredom or perhaps depression. Some may be victims of all of the above—and more.

Have you ever felt too tired? I’ve been there both physically and emotionally--and I’ve found two things, that may seem like a dichotomy, that work the best to get me back on track—rest and exercise. If we’ve been taxed with overwork and over worry—rest is paramount to moving away from tired. Once the rest is acquired, moderate physical exercise can stimulate the body to chase away the too-tired feeling.

Lately, acceleration of a certain kind of tiredness fatigues me. I receive this weariness via e-mail. My complaint concerns political haranguing. I get lots of email and forwards trying to impress me with material that harbors on the vile. Some include a skull and crossbones. Even my index finger is tired of hitting the delete key!

Hate Virus

This kind of mail is actually a maligning of character, which in turn reveals to me a dark side of thinking. Below the belt punches create negative responses and it all spreads like a hate virus. Those who send it might as well be shooting each other with guns because the explosive words are definitely bullet-like. And guess what? The majority of what I receive comes from friends in the Christian community.

If they could, I wonder, would these same people send these e-mails and forwards to Jesus? I know it may sound corny to some but the old adage that we were taught as children still makes sense: if you can’t say something good about someone, don’t say anything.

It may not be quite that simple with politics—but certainly overt rudeness is not appropriate. And to make matters worse, are the letters to the editor that you read in newspapers that border on rhetoric nastiness.

Returning to what I first mentioned about rest and exercise, why don’t we put to a good rest the stirring of the anger-pot that solves nothing, and instead exercise ideas that have real solutions. In the book of Proverbs, chapter 11, there is much admonition about such behavior—and solace in knowing the right way to deal with others. Verse 12 especially admonishes us well. A daily reading of that chapter would be a good daily guide in human relations.

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