On one occasion, a professor of psychology was walking through his classroom full of students with a glass of water with his arm outstretched. He asked his disciples, “How can this glass of water survive?”
The students started shouting and guessing – ranging from anywhere from 4 ounces to one pound.
The professor replied, “The total weight of the glass is not important when I hold it. Rather, it is the time I hold on to that impact.
When I hold it, say, two minutes, it doesn’t sound like a huge burden. When I hold it for an hour, its weight can be greatly felt as my muscles begin to feel tired. If I hold it all day – or for a week – my muscles will tighten and I may feel numb or paralyzed because of the pain, it makes me sad and unable to think of anything other than the pain I am in.
In all of these cases, the actual weight of the glass will remain the same, but if I stick to it for a long time, it feels too heavy for me and too heavy to hold on to.
The class straightened up and shook their heads in unison.
The professor continued, “This glass of water represents the anxiety and pressure you go through every day. If you think about it for a few minutes and put it aside, it is not a burden to carry. If you think about it for a moment, you will begin to feel the effects of stress. If you go with your worries all day, you will be paralyzed, preventing you from doing anything else until you let go. ”
Do not carry your troubles wherever you go, for they will do nothing but bring you down.
Put down your worries and pressures. Don’t give them all your attention while your life is passing you by.
Release things that are beyond your control. Do not carry your troubles wherever you go, for they will do nothing but bring you down. Put on your “glass” every night and move on to anything that unnecessarily pressures you. Do not carry this extra weight the next day.
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