“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”– Mark Twain

The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali:
I.33. The following fourfold attitude to life’s vicissitudes and in all relationships, being conducive to peace of mind, enables one to overcome the distractions of the mind:

  1. friendliness towards pleasure or those who are pleasantly disposed to oneself (friends),
  2. compassion for the sorrowful, and when one is in a painful condition, self-forgetful sympathy for those who may be in a similar painful condition,
  3. rejoicing in the exaltation of the noble or the holy ones, and
  4. indifference to unholiness, not being drawn into it nor holding others in contempt for their unholiness.

These two pieces of advice are what I turn to in order to stay sane when the pressure gets to be too much.