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The Weight of the Glass

I am on a no more sleepless nights kick with some of the people I have been talking to lately…mainly because worry so often turns into some kind of physical ailment after it’s done a job on your heart and your head. I know it’s easier said than done, but it is so worth the effort to try to lay your head down at night without getting robbed of sleep that is meant to be regenerative. You may have already heard this story somewhere but I hope it’s useful to someone today….

A psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching and raised a glass of water… everyone expected they’d be asked the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question.  Instead, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?”

Students 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 and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor.  In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.”

As the class 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 and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”

The moral: At the end of the day, it’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries.  No matter what happens during the day, in the evening, 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 of yesterday’s stress, it’s a strong sign that it’s time to put the glass down… so try to put it down…please.          

Tonight, love yourself by doing this.

Physically speaking, it may be one of the things that can make tomorrow better than today.  Dory 💜


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