How Heavy Is A Glass Of Water?

a glass of waterI saw this post on Facebook and felt compelled to share it. How heavy is a glass of water? The answer is—it’s all relative.

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.”

When I read this, I was reminded of what my psychologist friend often said to me—that it is not stress that affects the quality of our lives—it’s our ability to manage stress. While we’re on the subject of holding on to a glass of water, it might be useful to consider, for a moment, if you are holding onto past hurt or trauma.

Are you carrying the burdens of a past wrong on your shoulders as you travel through life?

Do you wonder why things happen and why your life is the way it is?

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To glasses of water and the lessons we learn from them,

Chiao Kee

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