A Short Motivational Story Quit worrying too much.

 A psychology professor once lectured to a packed auditorium of students while moving about on stage while discussing stress management strategies. 

Everyone anticipated being asked the standard "glass half empty or glass half full" question as she raised a glass of water. Instead, the lecturer asked, "How heavy is this glass of water I'm holding?" with a smile on her face.

Answers from eight ounces to a few pounds were screamed out by the students.


She retorted, "From my perspective, it doesn't matter how much this glass weighs in total. Everything is subject to how long I hold it. It becomes fairly light after a minute or two of holding it. The weight of it can give my arm a little soreness if I hold it for an hour straight. My arm will probably cramp up and feel entirely useless and paralysed if I hold it for a day without stopping, compelling me to drop the glass to the ground. The glass is always the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.

She continued, "Your anxieties and problems in life are very much like this glass of water," and the students nodded in agreement. Nothing happens even when you give them some thought. You start to feel a little achy as you continue to think about them. You will feel absolutely numb and paralysed if you think about them all day; you won't be able to move until you drop them.

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