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  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Think about which of your friend's 'shoots from the hip' their advice is valuble and might kick you out of the martyrdom rut!
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Cliche Time. Yes, it's a dreadful cliche but time is the greatest healer. Whether it be a tongue lashing from the boss at work or the trials and tribulations of being in love, the situation will become less raw over time. Over analysis will not solve anything, it will only slow down time rather than speed it up.
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Avoid alcohol. Just don't do it.
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Talk Shows not Music. If it's heartbreak that's causing you to overthink then listening to music can often be the worst thing to do. Go for talk shows, something that engages your mind rather than something that causes you to lament.
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Think Black. If you are lying in bed and your brain is humming like a powerline, try to imagine you are in a vacuum, you are powering off your brain like a computer... or if that doesn't work, try to think of only the colour black!
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Do something that requires you to concentrate. Not driving, not walking, not running it is far too easy to go onto autopilot and start re-visiting arguments and counter arguments. Playing an instrument, learn to speak German mein lieblings , competitive team sports, anything that requires you to have to actively engage your brain.
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Write everything down. It doesn't have to be structured, just get it all down on paper. An unpleasant image but you need to mentally 'vomit'. Putting pen to paper is the equivalent of putting your fingers down your throat.
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    The artist Ai Weiwei, whom I visited at his studio in Beijing, told me a stunt that upset officials more than any other was when he trained surveillance cameras on himself for two days. The authorities begged him to stop and—for various reasons—he did.
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    Some Chinese intellectuals were disturbed by the report: to them, the young student’s behavior toward his teacher confirmed their pessimism that the poison of the Cultural Revolution has not been expunged, that the ghost of history continues to haunt people despite all the shining achievements China has made in the past thirty years.
  • David shared from a Personal Document
    I also thought about a remark Hu Rong had made about Zhang: “He suffered a great deal in the past. But I’ve never met anyone with greater determination and courage to walk out from that suffering.”
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