Have you heard the story of the wise man whom people visited for help with their problems?
Every day he listened to the same problems over and over, until finally one day he decided to tell them a joke. When he got to the punch line, they all roared with laughter.
After a few minutes passed, he told them the same joke, but only a few of them smiled.
Then he told the same joke for a third time. This time, no one laughed or smiled – except the wise man.
“You can’t laugh at the same joke over and over,” he told them. “So why are you always crying about the same problem?”
“Rather than getting stuck replaying your problems over and over, instead try to let your worries and sorrows go, so you can move forward,” he said.
It’s so true, isn’t it? We can get stuck in a feedback loop, especially when we’re stressed, when we replay our problems and worries in our minds (or talk about them with our friends and family).
While it’s important to acknowledge our struggles, it’s also important to give ourselves a break so we can move onward and upward!