To My Dear Friend,
How are you?
Tired? Exhausted? Stressed? But don’t want to take a break? Don’t want to relax? Don’t want to let go of the stress?
But Why? Because you don’t have time as you are too busy striking off items from your to-do list?
If yes, then invest your 2 minutes on this small story that will help you rediscover the reason.
Why you have to let go today? Why you have to relax today? Why do you need to take a break today?
And believe me, you won’t regret these two minutes! So here goes:
Glass That Needs To Be Put Down
Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students.
As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked,
“How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”
Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds.
She replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it.
If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little.
If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor.
In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”
As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued,
“Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens.
Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”
The Bottom Line
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. No matter what happens during the day, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.
Go for a walk, Dance a little, Laugh with your family!
Don’t carry your burdens through the night and into the next day with you.
If you still feel the weight of yesterday’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put your glass down.