Tuesday, January 26, 2010


i've been reading a book by dale carnegie called "how to stop worrying and start living". my dad swears that this book can help and inspire even those with the worst cases of worry. my dad and i are the same in the sense that we both can get inspired by cheesy quotes and sayings or those tacky posters that you see posted all over the walls of middle school hallways. i guess that just does it for us. he gave me this book about this time last year but between reading my 800 page physical science book and keeping up in other classes, i just never got around to reading it. but i found myself diving into this book when i found it on my bookshelf a few days ago. after what seems like swimming in a sea of worry over the past couple of months, i decided i should give it a shot.

i love reading this book after my dad has read it because the pages that use to be white, are now nearly completely neon yellow from all of the highlighting he has done. a particular part that was highlighted goes like this:

"you and i are standing this very second at the meeting place of two eternities: the vast past that has endured forever, and the future that is plunging on to the last syllable of recorded time. we can't possibly live in either of those eternities--no, not even for one split second. but, by trying to do so, we can wreck both out bodies and our minds. so let's be content to live the only time we can possibly live: from now until bedtime. "anyone can carry his burden, however hard, until nightfall," wrote robert louis stevenson. "anyone can do his work, however hard, for one day. anyone can live sweetly, patiently, lovingly, purely, till the sun goes down."

so anyways, finding this somewhat-cheesy quote about only having to live in the present and carry a burden for the period of the sun has got me thinking about how i deal with the burden of worry that i carry.

thanks dad.

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