A psychogolist walked onto the stage of a seminar, speaking to an audience that knew she was going to talk about stressmanagement. As she raised a glass of water, everyone in the audience expected her to talk about« seeing the glass half empty or seeing the glass half full ».
In stead of that, she smiled and asked: «How much does this glass of water weigh? »
The answers went from 20 to 500 grams
She answered: «The exact weight is not important, what is important is the duration of the time I will hold this glass.
If I hold for 1 minute, there won’t be a problem.
If I’d hold it for 1 hour, my arm would start to ache.
If I’d hold it during the entire day, my arm would swell and feel numb.
The weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I carry it, the heavier it becomes.”
She went on: “Stress and anxiety are like this glass of water. Think about them for a moment, and nothing will happen. Think about them more often and they will start to hurt you. Think about them all day and you will feel paralyzed – unable to act.”
Don’t forget to put down the glass.”