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Glass half empty, or half full.... Or

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I saw this on facebook and had to share.. BRILLIANT!!

 

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. Remember to put the glass down!
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Excellent Gilly.  Really sums it up! But it does beg the question why do we hang on to our hangups? We can always put the glass down so why don't we? This has come up before and we seem to have agreed that it is because we feel safe in our anxiety. I know that sounds ridiculous but you know what I mean. Is it a sort of built in temperament that is individual to us? The glass is always half empty. All my life if things go well in the back of my mind is the thought that it may not remain so. Upbringing? I come from an anxious household so it may not be surprising but it still needs asking; why don't I put the glass down?   Thanks Gilly.    J.

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