Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by victoria, Aug 25, 2005.

  1. victoria

    victoria New Member

    A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked,

    "how heavy is this glass of water? "

    Answers were called out and ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied,

    "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it:

    "If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem.

    If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

    If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance.

    "In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes. "

    He continued,
    "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on. "

    "As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden. "

    "So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. -- Don't carry it home. -- You can pick it up tomorrow. -- Whatever burdens you are carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. "

    "Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!"

    And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

    * Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.

    * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.

    * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.

    * Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.

    * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.

    * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.

    * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.

    * Never buy a car you can't push.

    * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

    * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

    * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.

    * The second mouse gets the cheese.

    * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.

    * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.

    * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

    * Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.

    * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.

    " A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

    [This Message was Edited on 08/25/2005]
  2. Shirl

    Shirl New Member

    I truly enjoyed that, lots of truth besides the comic part.

    Will pass it along as well.

    Shalom, Shirl
  3. victoria

    victoria New Member

    My favorite was the last one -

    I keep telling my family that even tho I am on a (perhaps permanent) detour in my life, I can still enjoy the scenery;

    even tho I feel at times like I'm pushing that car too, hehe,

    I THINK they are finally getting it...
    [This Message was Edited on 08/26/2005]
  4. WAHM-Brenda

    WAHM-Brenda New Member

    I think that a lot of things are all about the way we choose to look at them. I know that when I use positive visualization, I feel better than when I find myself dwelling upon the negative.

    =^..^= Pastor Brenda
    Ordained ULC Minister
    [contact information removed]

  5. victoria

    victoria New Member

    when they help push...

    But even better when they can enjoy or at least tolerate the detours they themselves encounter and take me along! (hard to teach that tho!)

    I think it's an ongoing neverending journey, harder for some, and easier for others... Must be genetic to some degree!?

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