marți, 4 august 2009

Carrying Your Burden

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,
raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of

Answers called out ranged from 20 grams to 500 grams. 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
carry on with the burden."

"So, 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. Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is
short. Enjoy it!"