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The Weight of the Glass

As the story goes, a psychology professor was teaching a stress management class in a large auditorium when he posed a question to his students. Picking up a glass of water, he began, “Who can tell me..”

While everyone immediately assumed the typical “glass half-full or half-empty” point-of-view question, he surprised them by asking, instead, “How much does this glass weigh?

The students’ answers ranged from ounces to one or two pounds.

He continued, “From my perspective, the weight of the glass is not what matters. You see, it all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a couple of minutes, it’s pretty light. If I hold it for an hour, without moving, it’s weight my hurt a bit. Now, if I hold it for a day, my arm would probably cramp up, causing it to go numb and I would, most certainly, drop the glass to the floor. In every case, the weight of the glass remains the same, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”

A look of agreement could be seen on the faces of his students as he concluded, “You see, what stresses and worries you in life is much the same as this glass of water. If you think about those worries for a few moments, nothing happens. Think about them for a longer period and you start to ache a bit. Think about them all day long, and you begin to feel numb and paralyzed – thus incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”

The takeaway from this story is the importance of remembering to let go of your stresses and anxieties. No matter the trials and tribulations of each day, make a point to begin your evening by setting your burdens aside. Why carry them into the night and into the new day with you?

And, if you can still sense the weight of yesterday’s strain, you’ll know that it’s time to put the glass down.