A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer finally 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.”

“And 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. When we’re refreshed, we can pick it up again. Whatever burdens you’re carrying now, put them down for a moment. Relax; rest, before you pick them up again.

His final advice was, “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, and be best to yourself. Life is short, take time to enjoy it.”

Thanks to Jim Walberg for providing this great advice.