A wise man spends all day listening to a seeker complain about the same problem over and over.
One day, he tells a joke to the seeker, who laughs wildly.
A moment later, the wise man tells the seeker the same joke. And a few minutes later, again.
Confused, and no longer laughing, the seeker just stares.
“See,” says the wise man, “you can’t laugh at the same thing over and over. So why can you cry about the same thing over and over?”
It’s an interesting phenomenon. Our tolerance for joy seems limited, while our tolerance for worrying is immense. What if we could get as bored with our tedious worries as we do with a good joke?
We frequently see people wrapped up in their anxieties about the job search. Whether they’re candidates looking for the perfect role or clients anxious to find the right fit, the struggle is real.
We all know that worrying won’t solve our problems. And yet, we do it anyway.
Learning how to worry less and focus more takes mindful practice – but will result in better productivity, improved quality of life, and an overall sense of well-being.