Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Good advice

A  young woman confidently walked around the room while explaining stress management to an  audience.

As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected her to ask the question, "Half empty, or half full?"

But she fooled them.

"How  heavy is this glass of water?", she inquired with a smile.

Answers were called out ranging from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

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, but 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, and 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 your stress burdens down for a while and rest before holding them 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. Pick them up tomorrow."

[Author unknown.]

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