Wisdom Wednesday

May 11, 2011 11 Comments TAGS: Career

A Glass Of Water

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew that she was going to ask the ultimate question, “Half empty or half full?” But she fooled them all… “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.

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, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.

Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it and the now ‘supposed’ stress that you’ve conquered!”

~Author Unknown

In dealing with the burdens of life:

  1. Accept the fact that some days you’re the pigeon – and some days you’re the statue!
  2. Always keep your words soft and sweet – just in case you have to eat them.
  3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  4. Drive carefully – it’s not just cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
  5. If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  8. Never buy a car you can’t push.
  9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won’t have a leg to stand on.
  10. Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance.
  11. Since it’s the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  12. The second mouse gets the cheese.
  13. When everything’s coming your way, you’re in the wrong lane.
  14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  15. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  16. Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
  17. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors – but they all have to live in the same box.
  18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
  19. Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.

Have a great rest of your week, ladies. I am off to Boston tomorrow to speak at Spark & Hustle. I can’t wait to meet all the incredible businesswomen at the conference, as well as its founder Tory Johnson, business correspondent on Good Morning America. And thank you to my wonderful hubby who isn’t letting me go alone. 🙂

I’ll be in touch from there.

PS – My favorite was #17. What’s yours?

PPS – Thank you Momtastic for this nice interview on how I juggle it all… http://www.momtastic.com/parenting/features/167249-work-life-a-balance-erica-diamond



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    4. Wow. I like this glass of water article a lot. It really makes a person think about “not sweating the small stuff” doesn’t it? I really needed this food for thought today. Thank you.

    5. Julie ReidNo Gravatar says:

      This was really eye opening. I love your blog.

    6. My favorite is #17 too. #3 is really funny. The story in general is an important one to remember, because we all carry stuff around for too long sometimes.
      Recently I had to learn to forgive just to let go of something that hurt me and you know I feel a lot better now. Great article.

    7. T says:

      Just what I needed to read… I’ll remember #13 next time I’m in a rut – lol
      Have a great time in Boston!

    8. PaulaNo Gravatar says:

      This came at the most perfect time. Thank you for sharing Erica.

    9. Joanne PriceNo Gravatar says:

      Love Love this!! I think #18 is the best. The glass of water really put life into perspective.

    10. DaisyNo Gravatar says:

      12 is my favorite. I feel like the first mouse now; I’m blazing a trail for disabled teachers who will come after me. Meanwhile, the darn trap keeps snapping.

    11. Another fantastic article Erica, I thoroughly enjoyed this and it’s helped me put things in perspective during my busy work and exam period. Have fun at your conference.

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