I ran across this story, via a friend of mine, on the Sun Gazing facebook page. They suggested sharing it, so I'm sharing it.
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”
Instead, she smiled and inquired, “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
The psychologist paused for effect, then replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how
long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it doesn't feel heavy at all. If I hold
it 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
hasn't changed, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
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 begin to hurt. And if you think about them
all day long, you will feel paralyzed – and incapable of doing anything.”
It's important to let go of your stresses. When the day is done, put down your burdens. Don’t carry them through
the evening and worry about them all night. Remember to put the glass down!