The Weight You Attach to Things


Her alarm went off and so she woke up and started her day. She went to the kitchen, drank some water and groggily grabbed another mug to make her coffee. Half-asleep, the mug slipped, fell on the floor and shattered into small pieces. She let out a scream and then it started -

“God, why am I so clumsy? I am so stupid. I wasted a perfectly good mug. Now, I have this mess to clean up which will make me late. Why can’t I just have a nice day for once? This day is horrible. I am horrible. This stupid life is horrible.”

There was a time not too long ago when I was that person. Every single thing was, no matter how big or small they may seem, resulted into a dramatic monologue - all boiling down to how everything is horrible. A mini accident would seem so catastrophic if you see how I reacted to it.

Everything was a big deal.

But really it’s not. How big of a deal something is, is purely based on how much weight we attach to it. Something going wrong or breaking could either be another proof of how the entire universe is conspiring to make your life horrible or it could just be what it is - something that went wrong or broke. The latter being something you can either solve or change.

If we keep attaching negativity and blowing things out of proportion, soon enough it will be the only reality we know. But if you stop attaching so much weight on things that really do not deserve it, you’ll see it for what it simply is.

And guess what, your perspective will be a lot less negative too.

Stop being overly dramatic.

PS - In case you’re wondering, the last time I broke a mug, my reaction was not as bad. It was something along the lines of - “Oh man, I love this mug. Can you hand me the broom?” Safe to say, my day wasn’t horrible.

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