A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. 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 eight ounce to twenty ounces.
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 of the time, sooner or later, as the burden feels 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 for each time we’ve practiced.”
I wanted to share this with you today as I believe you will agree with me … the longer we hold on to our burdens the stress makes us mentally and physically ill. It weighs us down and we can’t cope.
Stress is a part of life, but it’s turned into a catch-all expression to describe anything from minor frustrations and overwork to real distress and total crisis.
I recently printed this quote and I placed it on my bed stand to read daily:
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability
to choose one thought over another.” by William James
I enjoy watching a sunrise or a sunset to release and manage my stress. How can you not feel better when viewing such amazing natural beauty! God always gets it right!
Feel free to reply to share your ideas on how you release and manage your daily stress …
Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions