Just a Glass of Water


A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

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, it’s not a problem. 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 feel numb and paralyzed. 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 paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!


5 responses to “Just a Glass of Water

  1. A great point well made.

    And we need to be willing to ask for help with those five gallon cans.

    For that matter, seek appropriate help for releasing that glass of water, too, and help for avoiding picking it up again, if it would be best left behind. It is so sadly but typically human that we KNOW we need to let go, but are stuck to the stressor despite our best judgment and the pain or damaging effects of holding on. Fortunately, there is help. Use the remaining good arm to reach out for that.


  2. I totally agree. We need to remember that each second is a chance to create an amazing memory. To embrace what life has to offer. Sadly, for various reasons many choose to sit back and just let opportunity pass.


    • I have been more aware lately of making more memories that last …. even if it’s just looking at an amazing flower or tree, then capturing it in a photograph so I can remind myself of that moment.


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