A counselor, when explaining stress management, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 8 ounces to 20 ounces. The counselor replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long you try to 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, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “That’s the way it is with stress management. Stresses and worries are like the glass of water. If you think about them for a little while, nothing happens. If you think about them a little longer, they may begin to hurt. 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.” It is important to remember to let go of your stresses- to put down the glass of water.”
Before going home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don’t carry it home. You can pick it up next week. Relax; pick them up after you’ve rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!