How Long Can You Hold It?

Everyone has stress in their lives. We stress over bills. We stress over relationships. We stress over our jobs. The list can and often does go on ad infinitum.

A young lady confidently walked around the room  while leading and explaining stress management to an audience; with a raised  glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question,  ‘half empty or half full?’….. She fooled them all… “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.

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, that’s not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

Are you taking the time to put down your stress everyday? Or are you carrying your stress into sleep with you? Are you making time to have fun and enjoy life?


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