A psychology teacher while teaching stress management to his students, raised a glass of water from the table. Everyone expected they’d be asked the typical ‘glass
half-empty’ or ‘glass
half full’ question. Instead, with a
smile on his face, the teacher asked, ‘How heavy is this glass of water I’m
holding?’ Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds.
He replied, ‘From my viewpoint, 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, he 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.