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?” The answers called out ranged from 8oz 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, its 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 stress and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a big longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything.” Always remember to put the glass down.
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The realization that life is absurd cannot be an end, but only a beginning.
— Albert Camus (via redlobstercult)
Perhaps a sin that humbles you is better than a good deed that makes you arrogant
— Hamza Yusuf (via awelltraveledwoman)
Employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings so that you shall come easily by what others have labored hard for.
— Socrates (via wordpainting)