Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by dancingstar, Nov 2, 2005.

  1. dancingstar

    dancingstar New Member

    I just got this as an email, and since so many of us seem to deal with stres issues, I thought I'd post it here:

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

    "how heavy is this glass of water? "


    called out 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 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're 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

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

    * 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.
    (Right on!!)

    * 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.

    Have a wonderful day and know that someone has thought about you today!
    (that would be me!)

  2. fivesue

    fivesue New Member

    I do like that post...especially the "holding the glass of water." Boy, how true. I need to put a few things down.

    Again, this has been a real boost for me. I appreciate you posting it today.

  3. 57Wagon

    57Wagon New Member

    Those are good points, I will have to try hard to learn and practise them
  4. busybusymom

    busybusymom New Member

    I wish it could only be so easy!!! The rational does make sense with the water. I think we all need a vacation from home and work stress, and a couple weeks on a tropical island being pampered head to toe!! I believe the stress I deal with (or carry) is 100% affecting my illness. I believe, though, that you have to be around people who don't add to that stress (including family), but unfortunately, in many instances, that is impossible.


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