A psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles. She raised a glass of water and asked, “How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?” Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple of pounds.
She replied, “From my perspective, 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, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor.
She continued, “Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.”