While explaining about the principles of stress management to his fellow students, a Professor raised a glass of water and asked,
“How much do you think this glass weighs?”
Of course, there’s a wide variety of answers, ranging in between 50-150 grams.
“Ok. I guess I have to weigh it to be sure. Anyway, what would happen if I held it up like this for a couple of minutes?”
“Nothing, sir…” the students answered.
“You’re right. How about for an hour?”
“Your right arm would begin to ache?” said one of the student.
“Ok (smiled). Now, what would happen if I held it for a day?”
“Sir, that’s not possible. Your arm could go numb, and it’ll probably strained your muscle to the extent of paralysis. By then, you have to go to the hospital for sure…” one student replied and the whole class laughed.
“Hmm..that’s weird. Coz during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” asked the Professor.
“No…” was the answer of the students.
“Then, what caused the arm ache and muscle strain?” The students were puzzled.
“What should I do now to set myself free of pain?” asked the Professor again.
“Sir, by putting the glass down?”
Sounds familiar? Life’s problems are something like this.
Hold it for a few minutes – they seem okay. Think of them for a longer time – they begin to ache you. Hold it even longer – they begin to paralyze you and will leave you helpless.
While it’s important to think of the challenges or problems in your life, it is even more important to let go of them at the end of every day before you lay your head to rest. By practicing this way of life, you’ll rarely stressed, and you’ll be able to wake up fresh in the morning, confident in handling any issues or challenges that comes your way.
So, from now onwards, remember to put the glass down at the end of the day when you leave your workplace.