extreme stress kills creative thought and increases the odds that you will have physical ailments. my stress level has recently declined a lot — it’s like living in a new world. my internist says that i am healthier than ever. in addition, i am writing again, really thoughtful writing. the buzz in my head has reduced enough so that i no longer avoid my home office. if you are in a very stressful situation, you may not know it. or you may say “i’m always like this. this is just the way i am.” stress creeps up on you, a thief of thought and words. do whatever you can now. it’s never too late.