Think Positive

Yesterday I went to my friend’s place for dinner.

I don’t have the habit of visiting my friends at their homes, so this was the first time that I went to her place , and that too only because her mother insisted.

There I saw her grandfather sitting in his wheelchair, smiling.

How difficult it must be for him now confined to his wheelchair. He is a retired army officer and must have been so fit and full of life during his youth.

The dinner was excellent. Before leaving, I went to him and asked him if it was difficult to be confined to a wheelchair.

He smiled , “I’m not confined to my wheelchair . On the contrary, am liberated by it. If it wasn’t for my wheelchair, I would be bound to my bed and never be able to leave my room .”

I was surprised. It gave me a lot to ponder over.

He could have been bitter about it.

He could have criticized or held negative thoughts regarding how his life has turned out to be but instead he CHOSE to think positive.

Thats when I realised, that having a positive perspective can make all the difference.

I decided to see good in everything. I have understood that I have the ability to make my life happier by choosing to keep my perspective positive.

Our thought process has a major role in deciding our feelings at any given point. Do you agree?

Let go of your worries- Don’t carry them forward

Stress is not just a feeling. Everyone experiences stress at some point or the other and the fact that coping with stress isn’t something we were taught in school, leads to perfect recipie for being tensed and unhappy. Today I will tell you a story that I read somewhere few years back.

Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”

Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds.

She replied, “From my perspective, the actual weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for half an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up . In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”

As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else .

Moral of the Story is, It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. No matter what happens during the day, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the night and into the next day with you. If you still feel the weight of yesterday’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put the glass down.

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