Stress is part of this life

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By Richard P. Holm, MD

During the summer after my freshman year in high school, my dad found a job for me working on a farm, hoping it would teach me work ethic. I remember hard physical work, long hours of hauling and stacking bales, and profound loneliness while painting farm buildings.

At the time, it was the most stressful experience of my young life, bringing me out of my lackadaisical youth and a tad closer to the world of a responsible adult. I have often referred to that time as the period in my life when I realized the value of hard work. It was a tough summer brought upon me by my dad and a kindly farmer, and I became the better for it. Of course, this was nothing compared to what some farm kids experience, but I learned that summer stress and hard work could be a good thing.

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