A frequently uttered phrase by many of us is ‘I am in great stress’. Is this stress a real feeling or just psychological? Life can never be without problems. Problems are a proof & sign of life. Always be glad to have problems because in the end, we will emerge better than before. Smooth roads never make good drivers. Clear skies never make good pilots. A problem-free life never makes good human beings. The more problems you have, the more alive you are. Worries are like birds. They build nests on our heads if we allow them to. Let them fly over our heads. The average man empties his pockets before retiring to bed. All unwanted things get accumulated in our desks or table-drawers. When we finally dispose these, we realise how many things we can throw away: notes, train or bus tickets, scraps of paper, itemised bills, visiting cards, etc., which we had piled up over a period of time.
It is perhaps even more important to empty our mind in this way. During the day, we pick up mental odds and ends: a little worry, a little resentment, a few annoyances, and sometimes guilt. Every night, these should be thrown out. Unless discarded, they accumulate and are bound to prevent clear thinking.
Succumbing to stress is the silliest and stupidest thing. Forgetfulness is one of the greatest gifts to mankind. Listen to sweet melodies which can make magic. Watch comedy. Take a walk. Cry if you feel like, on your friend’s shoulder and share your problem. Stop worrying & start spreading smiles.
(A.Uma Maheswari, English Dept., The Hindu Sr.Sec.School, Triplicane)