This story illustrates the stress of holding onto needless fear.
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 “glass 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 fears in life are like this 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. And yet, all you have to do is to put the glass down.” Author Unknown.
Often those weighty fears don’t even belong to you. They belong to others, and you’ve taken them on, sometimes unknowingly.
Remember to put your glass down. Each day ask yourself ‘who do these fears belong to? Return them with love and consciousness attached, never to return to this, or any other reality. By the law of grace, make it so.’
When you’ve emptied your ‘glass of water’, and off loaded your excess baggage, you’ll be amazed at the lightness of being that fills your body.
And that’s the magic of love, available to everyone, everywhere.
Go on – grow your Inner Well Being. You know you want to. Your happiness depends on it.