It’s not the load that weighs you down, it’s how you carry it.” – C.S. Lewis
I love this concept. I think of load as just about anything that is cognitive, physical, or emotional. I have this statement posted in my workspace. It reminds me that I have a choice to act skillfully and adjust the load when it enables constant suffering.
Recently I was treated for a shoulder injury that stopped me from exercising. I am addicted to the exercise routine. A true addiction where I feel guilty for no reason if I miss days. My first reaction was be sad, angry, and feel sorry for myself. After a few days I read the above statement and understood that I needed to adjust the load. So I went back to Planet Fitness and reworked the routine. So I was back in business. (Don’t tell anyone but I like the new lighter routine much better!)
Lately I noticed that my entire life process is actual a constant shifting and wobbling in order to balance the weight of an ever changing life. Now if only I can remember that when I need it!
Do one small act of kindness for yourself, it may lead to more!