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 8 oz. 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, 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. »

She continued, « 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, you will feel paralyzed
– incapable of doing anything. »

Remember to put the glass down.

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  1. This is lovely Louise! Some days it seems more difficult to « put the glass down » than others but even if we can do that for a bit of relief from life’s troubles, we can approach it again with new strength.

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