Friday, November 28, 2014

Remember to put down the glass

I hope all of you had a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.  Miss D. and I certainly did.

Today is 'Black Friday', and many people will be frantically shopping as if there's no tomorrow.  I hope most of my readers won't be among them.  This is supposed to be a season for thanksgiving, for relaxation with family and friends.  I loathe the way it's become commercialized to the point of being almost unrecognizable - rather like Christmas, unfortunately.  (I dread the thought that the same thing may happen to Easter one day.)

I'm grateful to fellow blogger agg79 for sharing this thought for Thanksgiving.

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience.  As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "Half empty or half full?" question.  Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired:  "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter.  It depends on how long I hold it.  If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem.  If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm.  If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed.  In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water.  Think about them for a while and nothing happens.  Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt.  And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed - incapable of doing anything."

Remember to put down the glass.

That's very good advice.  I'm going to do my best to put down my 'glass' this weekend, and relax.  I hope you'll do the same.



Old NFO said...

Great point... All I'm doing today is getting on another airplane..., sigh

Bob said...

Had to go to Wal-Mart last night to pick up some Ensure for my wife and the mob was insane.

What was on sale was hardly more than a bunch of plastic toys, TV's, cheap clothing(outer garments) that will fade and shrink, and music players. People had carts stuffed full of that crap, some with three or more of the same damned thing.

Stuff that mattered like food and medicine? Or even underwear? No way.

No wonder Obama got elected twice... people ARE stupid... at least half of us.

dan said...

depends on what time you have
(hilarious when it works :) )

seriously,though....I really liked that. Something to think about while I shovel out,sigh.

Inconsiderate Bastard said...

Drink the water. It makes the glass lighter so you can hold it longer, and you stay hydrated.

Then fill it with scotch.......

MSgt B said...


I put the glass down for three days and it was awesome.

Picking it up tomorrow morning to get a head start on next week.