Stress management

I've got a note hanging in my kitchen which is from an unknown source. So while I still can share it happily, I sadly cannot give proper credit.

(Update: it was pointed out to me privately that the story is probably coming from Kathy Hadley, a life coach. Thanks for sharing, Kathy!)

It reads:


A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an
audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked
the "half empty or half full' question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she
inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8oz to 20oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I
hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold if for an
hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel
numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but
the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water.
Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit
longer and they will begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long,
you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything."

Remember to put the glass down.

Especially in times like these, do remember to put the glass down!