Thursday, July 25, 2013

Another Angle Regarding the Glass of Water

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."

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, and many of your other posts this week. have a good Shabbos.

July 26, 2013 at 1:52 PM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Your welcome.

Thank you very much for your comment.

Shabbos ended and I was debating going online - weighing it out. One of the big pros on going online is getting positive feedback and encouragement from readers and friends. I needed some validation and some kind words and your comment hit the spot. Again, much appreciated.

July 27, 2013 at 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You can't imagine how many times a day I turn to your blog simply to help me through the day. The clarity and realness (that's probably not a word) are exactly what I need as I deal with the daily stupidities at work.

July 29, 2013 at 10:03 AM  
Blogger rabbi neil fleischmann said...

Now I can imagine. Thanks! Yay!

July 30, 2013 at 12:46 AM  

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