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Remember to put the glass down

glass half fullA psychologist lecturer was teaching how to manage stress and anxiety to his university students. As he raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty half full” question. Instead, with a smile on his face, he inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water”?

The answers ranged between 5 0z to 22oz.

He replied, The absolute weight does not matter. It depends on how long i hold onto it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem, If I hold onto it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold onto it for a day,  my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.

He continued,

The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water.

Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them for a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them for all day long, you will feel paralyzed – possibly incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

(Courtesy of Jimmy Harmon)

Comments

  1. Avatar Andy Moses says:

    Wow…
    Very powerful statement.
    For some that could be the difference between life and death, happiness and depression.
    But what i believe is even more important than actually putting the glass down.
    Is the decision to do so.

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