My morning sort of resembled a depressing country song, minus the part where my ex-wife runs off with my truck. (I don't have either.) Sometime after the speeding ticket and before I was 20 minutes late for a training meeting, I had a vague recollection of something I learned about in graduate school.
Naturally, I came home and consulted the all-knowing Wikipedia to refresh my memory.
In 1967, psychiatrists Holmes and Rahe developed a scale of 43 stressful life events that can contribute to illness. Based on the last 4 1/2 months, I calculated my scores.
Gain a new family member- 39
Change in financial state- 38
Change in responsibilities at work- 29
Spouse starts or stops work- 29
Revision of personal habits- 24
Trouble with boss- 23
Change in working hours or conditions- 20
Change in church activities- 19 (not to argue with the good doctors or anything, but I propose becoming both ward organist and choir director at the same time should be way more than 19 points. Just listening to the ward choir is worth 19 points.)
Change in sleeping habits- 16
It's no wonder I've been a bit emotionally fragile lately.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot. As of this morning:
Minor violation of the law- 11