Mythologies, then, are not a study of history or literature, but instead attend as an echo into the human spirit. Expressions of the soul, especially art and language, are undying, all have a tale and a promise that belong to every age, both past and present.
The key is to make sure that you’re able to disconnect past mistakes or failures from the present. If you’ve taken a short twenty-minute break and came back feeling refreshed, part of the reason is that you’ve had some time to rest. The other reason is that you’ve created a mini temporal landmark that allows you to tap into the fresh start effect.
Reading and experience train your model of the world. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Your mind is like a compiled program you’ve lost the source of. It works, but you don’t know why. — Paul Graham, in his essay, How You Know