The Weight of the Glass

| November 7, 2017

The Weight of the Glass

Once upon a time, a psychology professor walked around in his class and suddenly he lifted a glass of water.
Professor started walking towards his students with a purposeful gait…


Everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question.

Instead, the professor asked, “Can anyone tell me how heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”

As you would expect, students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a few pounds.

Professor then replied…

“From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter.

It all depends on how long I hold it.

If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light and if I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little.

If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will weigh like a mountain, and I will be numb with pain which would force me to drop the glass to the floor.

In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”

The class shook their heads in agreement and professor continued…

“Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”

No matter what happens during the day, no matter what you are worried about out, from finances to your grades, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Try not to carry them through the night and into the next day with you.

So, remember to put down the glass of water from time to time, and give yourselves a rest.

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