Feeling Tensed!! Just Put the Glass Down!

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
July 19, 2012

A chemistry professor decided to teach his students a different lesson one day. Holding a glass of water in his hand, he asked the students,

“How much do you think this glass of water weighs?” “500 grams!” came a voice from the back. “600,” said another student. “I don’t really know!” said the professor, holding the glass up to make sure everyone could see it. “And unless we weigh it, we won’t know.” With the glass still in his outstretched hand, the professor continued, “What will happen if I hold it like this for a few minutes?”

“Nothing!” came the reply. “Right, and if I hold it for an hour like this, what might happen?” “Your hand will begin to hurt,” said a student. “Indeed. And what would happen if I held the glass in my hand like this for 24 hours?”

“You would be in tremendous pain,” said one student.
“Your hand will probably go numb,” said another.
“Your arm will be paralysed and we’ll need to rush you to the hospital!” said a student on the last bench.

“True,” said the professor. “But notice that through all this, the weight of the glass did not change. What then causes the pain?”
The class went quiet. The students seemed puzzled.
“What should I do to avoid the pain?” asked the professor.
“Put the glass down!” said a student.

“Well said!” exclaimed the professor. “And that’s a lesson I want you to remember. The problems and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. But think about it a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralysed – incapable of doing anything. It’s important to remember to let go of your problems. Remember to put the glass down”!



Author - Kush Tripathi
  1. Great advice. And better yet, put the glass down at the foot of the cross.


  2. "Working for Christ" said:

    I’m glad this wasn’t about putting your coffee cup down! 🙂 Dave


  3. Amen to putting the glass down at the foot of the cross! What a great story and perfect example of holding onto those burdens that only cause pain. How much better to bring it to Jesus. He promises His burden is light as we let it go back to HIm.
    Thanks so much for sharing, Kenny! I pray the next time I want to hold onto that “problem”, I will remember the example of the glass.


  4. Chris Jordan said:

    Reblogged this on New Life and commented:
    Check out this great post from “Morning Story and Dilbert” and be encouraged today!


  5. Excellent illustration. My pastor talks about casting our cares on the Lord and likens it to fishing. He says that we often cast our cares but then reel them back in. We have to cut the line.


  6. Reblogged this on Odd and commented:
    Such a good reminder from such a talented fellow blogger. The Dilbert comic strip was what caught my eye at first, (of course, you know me always poking fun at the workplace) but then I read the post and realized there was wisdom being passed down through this story. I was encouraged by reading this post so I thought I would share it with my followers.

    “Just remember to put the glass down!!”….even if you have to drop it!!! (of throw it for that matter)


  7. I’ve struggled with putting the glass down and LEAVING it down. Had to renew my mind over and over, with prayer, scripture, songs, quotes, praise and worship, etc. With all that practice, I’m trusting that next time I have a heavy glass, Iit will be easier to put it down and leave it there!


  8. tremendously powerful … this will stick with me for a while (hopefully for even longer!) Thanks so much!


  9. A very good illustration to use in my therapy office. Thanks.


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