Once in a while I run into an inspirational story on the Internet or my social media platforms that really speaks to me and makes me examine my life. Usually I would combine the discovered piece and put my own spin on it to make it more personal. But when I found this thought-provoking story shared by Science is Madness I realized that it illustrates the idea beautifully and perfectly, and that there was no need for my input.
|“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!”
Recently, I found myself in a situation that caused me to be resentful. Normally, I try to practice a Zen philosophy, but the position and predicament I was in spiraled out of my control. This caused me to feel depleted. I was so thankful when I discovered the quote below, as it guided me to a place where I could let go and finally set my burden free.
“Sometimes to get what you want the most, you have to do what you want the least.” ― Jodi Picoult
Have you had to do something difficult lately that set you free? Have you come across something on the Internet or social media that made you stop and think?