Thursday, April 11, 2013

Put The Glass Down: A Life Lesson


I received this email the other day and have meant to share it with you guys because it's such an inspirational (and TRUE) analogy for life's worries. I'm by nature a worrier, so this particular story struck quite the cord with me and helped me to realize that excessive worrying is a waste of time and energy!


Hopefully those other chronic worriers out there will take away the same lesson I did....


A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged 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, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold 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." She 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 a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything."

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down! 


-author unknown



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Put that glass DOWN!







11 comments:

Kelly R said...

Thank you for this post, I have a bad habit of thinking about my problems and worries all day..

Saving4Five said...

I never thought of it that way. But it really is something to think about. I try not to dwell on things too long. But sometimes I find myself getting lost in my worries.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

That is a fantastic point of view. One that I need to adopt. Like, yesterday. ;)

Christy Maurer said...

Love that! It is so simple yet so profound. We all need to remember that :)

becca said...

what a fabulous post and a great lesson thank you for this

Dee Mauser said...

Oh wow, that's so true. I guess I'm a worry wart and I allow myself to stress too much when I need to let myself relax. Stress is just no good for anyone!

Colette S said...

Wow. I'm an excessive worrier too and it is absolutely true!
Thank you for sharing.

The Mommy-Files said...

Wow! I love this! Do you mind if I share on The Mommy-Files. What a great story....and so true!

Jennifer S. said...

Wow, that really is a great analogy! I am a super-worrier, too. It's not a good way to be! Life is too short!!

Crocheted Little Things said...

True and powerful. Thank you for the reminder

Marie Moody said...

I sure wish I could Post this on FB in hopes a certain young lady would read it. Talk about Anger Management! She is in so desperate need of it. Great Post Kayla! What a powerful lesson!