A young lady walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience.  She held a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?

She fooled them all... "How heavy is this glass of water?"  Answers called out ranged from 8-ounces to 20-ounces.

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.

“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.  Let them go and pick them up tomorrow.


Jessica said... Reply To This Comment

Excellent reminder.

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