But . . . it wasn't a whale - it was turtle, and a dead one at that.
Challenges or stresses in life can be the same. We see what looks like a whale - a monstrous trial on the horizon. We may even feel certain that's what it is.
Sometimes we're wrong, and the problem or stress isn't really whale-size at all. Instead it's just a turtle - maybe even a dead one - not something worth stressing about or expending a lot of energy over.
Other times, life does hit us with whale-sized problems. A natural response may be to stress, whine or ask "why me?" but as my husband loves to quote, "there is no problem so bad that whining about it won't make it worse." (Not that I whine or anything.)
For myself, the best help for challenges - big or small - is perspective. Sometimes it helps to see the issue from a different angle, like when our boat moved closer to the floating object. Perspective may come by talking things over with a friend, or focusing on something else like blessings, or infusing the situation with a little humor. I'm sure we got a good chuckle that day, and we still laugh about it now when we get together as a family and reminiscent our whale tale!
What helps you keep challenges or stresses in perspective? Do you like talking it out, focusing on something else, finding a reason to laugh?