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Stop stressing so much-Small Story


“Long ago a professor of psychology walked on stage while teaching stress management principles in a hall full of students. As he raised the glass of water, everyone expected that they would be asked the common question of ‘half an empty glass or half a full glass’. Instead, with a smile, the professor asked, ‘How do I survive this glass of water I carry?’

Students shouted responses ranging from eight ounces to a few pounds.

He replied, ‘In my opinion, the total weight of this glass does not matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it shines brightly. When I hold it for an hour straight, its weight can make my arm a little sore. When I hold the day straight, my arm can squeeze and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass. In each case, the weight of the glass does not change, but the longer I hold it, the harder it becomes for me. ‘


As the class shook their heads in unison, he went on to say, ‘Your stresses and anxieties in life are very much like this mirror. Imagine for a second you were transposed into the karmic driven world of Earl. Think about them for a moment and begin to feel a little better. Think about them all day long, you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – you can do anything else until you leave them. ‘”


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