Stress Management: How Heavy is Your Burden

The following is a direct copy/paste from an email I received from a friend. There isn’t an author attached or I would give credit, but suffice it to say, I am not the author.

The reason I share this short story is because it has some value when we consider the burdens we carry each day. So here you go…some food for thought:

A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. (Correction: the audience did not have a raised glass of water – the young lady walking confidently did)
 
 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. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.