I received this from a friend this week via email, and it REALLY spoke to me. I think it’s quite profound. Would love to hear your thoughts below.
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.”
“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.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. 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. Remember to put the glass down.
How good are you at putting the glass down? I’d love to hear…