Wednesday, March 25, 2009


With all that's been going on in the world lately I felt this was appropriate...

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked 'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, 'The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to 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.'

He continued,
'And that's the way it is with stress management. 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.'

'So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, Let them down for a moment if you can.'

So, my friends, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.


housemouse88 said...

Hello, I need to be reminded of this. Thank you. Have a great day.

Nancy Bristow said...

Debbie...Not that I have a lot of stress but when I do I escape in a book. Works every time....Nancy:)

LuAnn said...

Wise advice, but easier said than done sometimes!

Tamara B. said...

I will try to follow your words of advise but with our finacial situtation right now it is so hard when you are tossing and turning all night with so many thoughts racing through my mind.

Karin said...

What a great way to think of stress. I really like the metaphor the lecturer used.

Debbie Wallace said...

It helped me, too, housemouse88:)

For me it's spending time with my daughter and granddaughter, Nancy. When I'm not writing!

I know LuAnn, but one can try, right?

Gee, sorry to hear about that Tamara. But I can relate. Sometimes no matter how tired I am I can't shut my mind down long enough to go to sleep. That's when I take a tylenol pm:)

Me, too Karin. Simple...