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Stress Lesson

January 11, 2017

 

About 3 or 4 times a year I go through my emails to see if I need to clean up my inbox. Often, I tackle this right around the new year. Last week I found this and realized it was a good "lecture" to share with everyone. 

 

A  great lesson  on Stress   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 8 oz. 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, 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 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 can carry on, gain a new perspective, look at it with different eyes. Instead of being caught up in the problem, we can shift the energy to include possible solutions and we can get better at it each time we practice."

 

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.

 

Don't carry them through the evening and into the night...   Pick them up tomorrow.  

They'll probably look different and more manageable in the light of day!

 Babs

 

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Barbara L Cummings, MS, RN

is a sassy mentor who provides people with life support. Using meditation and mindfulness, "I help people figure things out."

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