“The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were.” ~ John F. Kennedy
What’s Weighing You Down?
A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night.
“Problems are just mile markers. Each one we pass means we’ve gotten better.” ~ Tony Hsieh, Delivering Happiness
“True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems,but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“It’s the recognition that other people’s problems, their pain and frustrations, are every bit as real as our own – often far worse. In recognizing this fact and trying to offer some assistance, we open our hearts and greatly enhance our sense of gratitude.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“As we learn in Zen philosophy, when you learn to ‘let go’ of problems instead of resisting with all your might, your life will begin to flow.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“We live our lives as if they were one big emergency! We often rush around looking busy, trying to solve problems, but in reality, we are often compounding them.” ~ Richard Carlson, Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
“If we continue to approach problems from the perspective of temporary expediency, future generations will face tremendous difficulties.” ~ Dalai Lama
“Through violence, you may ‘solve’ one problem, but you sow the seeds for another.” ~ Dalai Lama
“The difference between what we are doing and what we’re capable of doing would solve most of the world’s problems.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
“Lying makes a problem part of the future; truth makes a problem part of the past.” ~ Rick Pitino
“Too many people go through life complaining about their problems. I’ve always believed that if you took one tenth of the energy you put into complaining and applied it to solving the problem, you’d be surprised by how well things can work out.” ~ Randy Pausch
“The best angle from which to approach any problem is the try-angle.” ~ Author unknown