A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
All credit for this goes to my friend @Siderious - fantastic photographer whom managed to somehow take shots of me where I don’t look too awful, aha! Was a great day.
AFRICA’s leaders must ensure that “no African is considered a foreigner in another African country”, Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama said in Johannesburg on Monday.
Mr Mahama was speaking ahead of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa 2013, which takes place in Cape Town from Wednesday to Friday. The forum will provide a platform for discussion among business and government leaders on Africa’s growth.
Easing travel between and passage through African states would benefit individuals and the continent as a whole, Mr Mahama said.
“We must work towards achieving a system of governance in which no African, for the purpose of short-term passage, is considered a foreigner in another African country,” he said.
“We must enact laws that allow people, goods and services to move freely across the continent so as to establish and integrate free trade areas,” Mr Mahama added.
The president also said it was time for the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) to “make its own transition from a deliberative body to a legislative one”.
The parliament is at present languishing on the political and geographical margins in Midrand, South Africa.
“Now is the time for the PAP to solidify the energy of solidarity and hope that is sweeping across the continent,” he said. “The African Union must hasten its evolution into a union of people, not merely a union of governments.
“The PAP can contribute to process by organising the election of members through universal adult suffrage in our member countries.”
Even a revamped PAP’s powers would, however, be restricted to passing “model laws” that it deems to be desirable by all the AU’s 54 member states.
Others expected to attend the WEF on Africa include Sudanese entrepreneur Mo Ibrahim; Abraaj Group founder Arif Naqvi; and Frannie Léautier, the executive secretary of the African Capacity Building Foundation in Zimbabwe.
YES, YES, AND YESSSS! Cannot express just how many times I have had discussions with other fellow African passport holders, who travel frequently around the continent, about the serious disconnect that occurs between us travelling from one country to another. It’s as though intra-African tourism by African citizens is an unwelcome undertaking as the legal systematic processes currently in place are incredibly discouraging (expensive, time consuming, lengthy processes).
Although initiatives like ECOWAS does make things somewhat easier, the discriminatory and at times xenophobic treatment African citizens face whilst attempting to travel to other African countries continually shocks, baffles and leaves me discouraged and disheartened - especially when citizens of certain European and North American countries can travel through the continent with much greater ease.
Not sure how Rwanda’s new law that enables citizens of all African countries to obtain a visa (I believe for travelling purposes only) upon arrival is going, but the Rwandan government is certainly on the right thought path.