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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Monday, January 05, 2009

Coping With Stress


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 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

He continued, "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
before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the

"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 if you can."

So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.

Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

I thought that was so true that I wanted to share it with you. It's okay to carry stress - but we also need to give it a rest.



Corgidogmama~ said...

Once again, a terrific post.
It's blue skies and sunny in Indiana today........but, 18 degrees!
Have a wonderful day dear heart.

Chatty Crone said...

Thank you. 18 degrees - cold. I think for fun I'd make a cup of tea, make a fire, and bring the sofa close and read and relax an hour or so - what about you?

It's in the 50's here in Georgia, and overcast. Not too bad. Everyone went back to work today and it is just my grandson and I - so relaxing.

Destress Yourself said...

Nice post. It is about 70 degrees here in Southern California.