Today’s moment of Zen
February 21, 2013 by Beth@WeightMaven
With apologies to Jon Stewart and The Daily Show’s Your Moment of Zen (mine won’t be half as fun), I’m adding a category of blog posts that are things that make me go “hmmmm.” Could be a quote, could be a picture, could be a story. I hope you find them interesting!
Today’s entry showed up on my Facebook feed yesterday and did indeed make me go “hmmmm” (I’d attribute it, but it seems to be one of those viral things with no clear source). See what you think:
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, and day after day. Remember to put the glass down!