A highly respected and successful psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a large 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 their answers ranging from 250 grams to 750 grams.
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 message is that it is 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. Don’t carry them 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 the glass down.
From India, New Delhi
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That's amazing! The same analogy we can apply to maintain perseverance in achieveing our goals. Just like the pain starts compounding with the time, our efforts in the right direction can do the same. Time is a fantastic multiplier. It can multiply stress, joy, anxiety, love, happiness, success, money and what else do you need.
From India, Jammu
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