Managing Stress

 I have a friend who participates in something she calls ‘This Moment’ every week. She has two beautiful daughters under the age of five and every week she takes a moment to reflect her intentions amongst a busy family life. She also takes these beautiful photographs of her girls and her This Moment is always a photograph unaccompanied by words.

Whether you just finished moving or haven’t started, everybody could use a moment to reflect on the bounty of their lives. I am encouraging you to take a This Moment to reflect and cherish something awesome that happened lately. I’ve pulled a few of my favorite commencement speech quotes to help us all with some perspective. It’s easy to lose that perspective when you’re in the midst of a life change like a move or a job transition. Take a moment from unpacking those moving boxes.

Perspective. Attitude. Intention. Kindness. To infinity and beyond! Make it a great week!

Image by Olivia Miller

David Foster Wallace, Kenyon College, 2005

“There are these two young fish swimming along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way, who nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” And the two young fish swim on for a bit, and then eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?”…..

It is about the real value of a real education, which has almost nothing to do with knowledge, and everything to do with simple awareness; awareness of what is so real and essential, so hidden in plain sight all around us, all the time, that we have to keep reminding ourselves over and over:

“This is water.”

“This is water.”

George Saunders, Syracuse University, 2013

What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness.  

Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded…sensibly.  Reservedly.  Mildly.

Or, to look at it from the other end of the telescope:  Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth?

Those who were kindest to you, I bet.

Amy Poehler, Harvard University, 2011

Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’ Continue to share your heart with people even if it has been broken. Don’t treat your heart like an action figure wrapped in plastic and never used.


Image source: Olivia Miller

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