A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected theyâ€™d be asked the â€śhalf empty or half fullâ€ť question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: â€śHow heavy is this glass of water?â€ť
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, â€śThe absolute weight doesnâ€™t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, itâ€™s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, Iâ€™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 doesnâ€™t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.â€ť
She continued, â€śThe 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 â€“ incapable of doing anything.â€ť
It is important to remember to let go of your stress. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Donâ€™t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!
â€śIf we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on.â€ť
Before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!