Friday, August 15, 2008

It Ain't Heavy, It's My Life

A health educator was once explaining stress management to me. She raised a glass of water in front of me and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water? " I told her I thought it was about half a pint. She said, “No, how heavy is it?”

I guessed between a quarter to half a pound.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to 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."

That's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes 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 cancarry on with the burden.

So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment.

Relax; pick them up later after you've rested.

Life is short. Enjoy it!"

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