Saturday, January 28, 2006

Stress management!

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 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."

"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."

So, my friend, why not take a while to just simply RELAX.
Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.
Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.
Life is short ~ e
njoy it!
Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
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
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.
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 an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today ... I did!


Bennu said...

I really like this one Jo. Thanks for the thoughts...

my verification word was wegihi, that has to be a word

Le laquet said...

Bennu ~ we need our weekends!! I just wish I could not have to work then too ... know what I mean?

Lisa said...

Hey I loved that one about the glass of water and stress. How very true! It makes sooo much sense.

Love all those sayings too. Thanks for sharing them :)

Walker said...

Now there is a problem with what the lecturer said. Some jobs you can't just leave it at work like eachers that have to bring work home to mark or plan the next couple of days.
In many cases deaqdlines are in place that cause us to work at home as well.
Its good to be stress free but someimes it just cant be that way

Le laquet said...

Lisa ~ I particularly agree with "Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance!" Dancing always makes me feel like a million dollars!

Walker ~ so true, I am never completely stress-free .... this weekend I have marking and planning to get done. But every now and again I am going to put that glass of water down a little earlier!

chele said...

i say the same thing about birthdays

over from the other Michele's

Cheryl said...

Amen to that! :-)

Walker - if you can't leave the work, you can still drop the physical effects of the stress - learn to meditate til things un-knot. Sometimes, if you're going to pick the glass back up pretty quickly, it helps to flap your arm around and get the blood flowing again.

LL - great analogy :-)

Fizzy said...

I like the glass analogy... it is a good thought I am trying to train myself to do.

Rainypete said...

Life is like a basket of cherries. It may be the pits, but the sweetness if worth the work.