Tuesday, September 18, 2007

1. A link to the essay

2. Author

3. Title
Stress Yields a Sweeter Life

4. One sentence of what the belief is

I believe that an atmosphere of stress and chaos — within reason — brings out my best qualities.

5. 2 examples from the story that showed their belief
Any right-minded consultant would have advised against the exhausting, under-capitalized and dysfunctional venture my garden expanded into. But the work brought rewards.

I believe in managed stress. It sweetens the tomatoes. I like to think it sweetens me, too.

6. 1 favorite passage
I don't know who suffered most early on, me or my tomatoes. The stress was tough on both of us: tomatoes ripening faster than I could pick them, tomatoes exploding beneath the ruthless sun.

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