I listen to others, not to ascertain whether or not I agree with them, but to learn what is true for that individual. To know their spirit, and where they have been, helps me understand a person in such moments. Their experiences can never be clearly expressed. Of course, it is through no fault of their own, as we would need an infinite amount of words to articulate these encounters. However, if I sincerely listen, I know I will gain some insight. I must remember if I acquire nothing of interest or sense of awareness, then I have not honestly engaged myself in their logic.
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.
Just a few contemplations of my many considerations...
I like learning, dancing while wearing socks on hardwood floors, speech and languages of all sorts, oversized sweaters, and the taste of rose water.
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