Glass half empty or half full?
At one of the leadership seminar I attended, the speaker walked around while teaching stress management to a room filled with managers. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”
People shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds.
She replied, “From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In any case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”
Everyone shook their heads in agreement. She continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. No matter what happens during the day, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the night and into the next day with you. If you still feel the weight from yesterday’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put the glass down.