Put the Glass Down

Put the Glass Down

Glass half emptyHere’s a story you may have seen many times, but I was reminded of it this morning and thought it well worth sharing yet again.

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 8 to 20 oz.

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 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 doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”

stressShe 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 – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

Here’s to living a life of success and prosperity and not worrying whether the glass is half empty of half full.

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