Hint: It’s Not What You Think
A few weeks ago, somebody found this and posted it on my Facebook fan page. I thought it was fantastic, and would like to share it now with all of you.
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 8oz. to 20oz.
The psychologist 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.”
“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 – and in the days beyond – you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
Remember to put the glass down.
Photo: Gunnar Grimnes/Flickr
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