Monday, March 30, 2009

The Weight of a Burden

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 becomes.

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 cary on with the burden."

"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." ~ Author Unknown

Life is full of little burdens and big burdens that can carry much more weight than a glass of water. Think of the physical stress you body endures due to the emotional stress you carry. Take a moment, breath deeply, and allow yourself to relax. Release your burdens, and don't pick them up again until you have taken some time to rejuvenate and refresh. Nurture your mind, body and you soul so that you can enjoy every moment of life bestowed upon you.


Sandi said...

I'll be honest, I need this advice very much!

Tina said...

Sandi - I am sure it applies to all of us at one level, or time, or another. I know I could stand to read it every day!


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