Some wise words on stress management!
May 1, 2008 4:29pm CST
Sent to me by a friend today, thought you might enjoy it! 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 ranged from 8oz. To 20oz. 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/life 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!" And then he shared some 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 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. 11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. 12 * The second mouse gets the cheese. 13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. 14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. 15 * You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person. 16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once. 17 * 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 colours, but they all have to live in the same box. 18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.. * * * * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today ! ! !
1 May 08
Some really nice words of wisdom you got there, Bizziebod. I'm a pretty stressful person myself, in the sense that I can't help but feel stressed and all from everything I do, which is probably why I could totally relate to the things you included here. Stress management is no easy feat, but it's something that I have to live with, otherwise I'll have to spend the rest of my life running and chasing myself around and around. Not a pretty sight. Oh, and number 17 sounds familiar. I read it from Robert Fulghum's book, "All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten." Haha. So there. Thanks for this post, dear. Brightened up my day, to be honest (it's actually dawn here haha). xoxo, ajhie!