Glass of Water

Morning Story and Dilbert

Vintage Dilbert
June 26, 2006

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.”

Remember to put the glass down.

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  1. "Working for Christ" said:

    Great advice! Hope you’re doing well, Kenny T. I’ve been off the radar for awhile, but you’ve always been part of my daily routine. Take care, my friend! 🙂 Dave


  2. OMG, this is so AWESOME! Very needful advice. Reblogging this one. Maybe more of us would remember to put the glass down.


  3. Reblogged this on Word For Life Says . . . and commented:
    Tired from holding on to the hurt, stress and worries of this life? Learn to put the glass down. Don’t know what I am talking about? Click here to read more.


  4. Reblogged this on Michael's Lair and commented:
    Great analogy. These unknown authors ought to sign their work so they can take the credit they deserve.


  5. esorenneiluj25 said:

    I’ve read this somewhere but I can’t remember. 😀

    Btw, this story never gets old. It’s all in the perspective. 🙂


  6. The glass of water is equivalent to the problems we view in our lives that stop us from great things. I need paper and pen to write, and therefore since I did not have them my great book was never written. Now I have the internet and a computer but my arthritis stops me. We push the negatives and we need to look for the positives. The concept never changes the challenge is always there but inaction is the culprit that robs us of greatness. The first step is the hardest and then the pace gets moving until the masterpiece is achieved.


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