Cup of Stress
I know a few people that are going through life changes right now. I think I am at that age that people start to question life decisions and still feel like they are trying to figure out who they are. Many friends have reached out to me lately about stress and what they are going through. I am included in that. When I get back from Colombia, I have no idea what my plans are. I feel like I am ready for some stability and focus. What though… I have no idea.
So today I read this and it hit me, this is exactly what some people I know need to hear.
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, half empty or half full?
She fooled them all. “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8oz. 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. 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.”
She continued, “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 it down for a while and rest before holding it 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.
So I decided to take this further….
It doesn’t matter if you are are glass half full or half empty the weight is still the same but the longer we hold it, the heavier it feels.
To all of you that are going through changes, remember in life the longer you hold on to the weight of stress and things that hold you back, the heavier those things become. Take action.