A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a
glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers
called out, ranging 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." Here
are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
1. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4. Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8. Never buy a car you can't push.
9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg
to stand on.
10. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
11. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
12. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
13. 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.
14. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
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