As a creative person, being stressed-out can completely stifle you. It's counterproductive. It becomes more than personal when it starts interfering with your job. You find yourself thinking about the source of your stress constantly and actually caring too damn much about something you have little control over. The one thing you can control, however, is how you allow others to affect you.
I'm lucky in that I have a terrific family and great friends. But everyone faces negative feeders, or those who expect you to treat them great, but in return do not do the same for you. Those you have, time and time again, given the benefit of the doubt and have perhaps made more than enough excuses for. So, I have vowed to try and surround myself with positive people who get what relationships and living is all about. Who actually treat others the way they want to be treated. Simple concept, eh?
And I have a question now that I ask myself every morning. "How do you want to live this day?" It reminds me that life is too damn short to spend hours stressing out or being pulled under by someone else's issues. Ya know? I'm not talking about those you care about. If my sister is suffering, I suffer with her. I'm just speaking about negative folks who don't truly care about or respect the relationship they have with you.
I don't want to get to the end of a precious day and realize I wasted it all on stress. I have better things to do with my time. :)