Manufacture Your Day by KNOWING HOW LONG TO CARRY YOUR LOAD
We all have to carry a load, and sometimes this load can be heavy and at times unbearable.
I work with many people in the corporate world and I see it almost every day – too many tasks, mental overload, stress, anxiety, frustrations, lack of support, endless obligations at home, worries of all kind, feeling blamed, controlled and criticized, sleepless nights, physical or emotional pain, mistreatment by others, and the list goes on and on.
Sometimes people are not aware that they’re not aware. That’s how living a stressful life becomes their new “normal”.
A few years ago I read an inspirational story, which made me really think and it seems appropriate to share it with you today.
Enjoy, relax and reflect!
“A trainer walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she did so, she raised a glass of water. Everyone expected they’d be asked the old “half empty or half full?” question. Instead, she asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?”
The answers ranged from 8 oz to 16 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. What’s important is how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not heavy. 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 be numb and feel paralysed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change but, the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes”.
She 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 paralysed—incapable of doing anything”.
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. Put your burdens down when you can. Don’t carry them for hours and days and months.
Remember to put down the glass!”