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October 7, 2015 / glennlim thots

“How heavy is this Glass of Water?”

A teacher was conducting a Stress Management workshop to her students. As she showed a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, she asked: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

Her students’ answers ranged from 8 – 18 ounces.

Her response stunned the students – “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. What matters is how long I hold on to it. If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, my arms will start aching. 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 on to it, the heavier it becomes. And the more detrimental to my health”

She continued, “The stresses & 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 incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

Glenn Lim Singapore


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