Hormesis is when good things (improved health, stress tolerance, growth or longevity) result from low doses of something that is harmful or deadly in higher doses.
One example would be a vaccination, a small dose of a disease to trigger the body’s immune system. Another example is working out: we push our muscles past their limits (but not too far!) so that they will grow stronger. Stress is similar: low levels can motivate (Deadline approaching! Energy!); too much can result in the “deer in the headlights” syndrome.
Challenges get us out of our comfort zones, force us to push our limits, help us grow. The wise continually look for ways to challenges themselves, to grow; to prepare themselves for the inevitable crisis life will throw our way. Best we grow our strengths and abilities at the pace and direction of our own choosing than we let them lie fallow only to find ourselves woefully unprepared for the storms of life.
“Accept challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.” – Unknown
“Keep your life interesting or your subconscious will be tempted to mess up to get you out of your rut or just to relieve the boredom.” – NSC
“Whatever makes you uncomfortable is your biggest opportunity for growth.” – Bryant McGill
“Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle.” – Napoleon Hill
“The Cave you Fear to Enter, Holds the Treasure you Seek.” – Joseph Campbell
As always, I share what I most want/need to learn. – Nathan S. Collier