Every once in a while comes along a very neat story – an example or experience that is worth sharing. This one is an excellent life-lesson that’s perfect for my Wednesday Wisdom series suggestion you put that glass down.
On to the story!
Put that glass down
The Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see & asked the students “How much do you think this glass weighs?”
’50 gms!’ … ‘100 gms!’ …’125 gms’ … the students answered.
“I really don’t know unless I weigh it,” said the professor, “but, my question is: What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?”
‘Nothing’ … the students said.
‘Ok what would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?’ the professor asked.
‘Your arm would begin to ache’ said one of the student
“You’re right, now what would happen if I held it for a day?”
“Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress & paralysis & have to go to hospital for sure!” ventured another student & all the students laughed
“Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?” asked the professor.
‘No’… was the answer.
“Then what caused the arm ache & the muscle stress?”
The students were puzzled.
“What should I do now to come out of pain?” asked professor again.
“Put the glass down!” said one of the students
“Exactly!” said the professor.
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Life’s problems are something like this. Hold them for a few minutes in your head and they seem okay.
Think of them for a long time and they begin to ache. Hold them even longer and they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.
It is important to think of the challenges or problems in your life. But even more important is to ‘PUT THEM DOWN’ at the end of every day before you go to sleep. That way, you are not stressed and you wake up every day fresh and strong with the ability and confidence to handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!
Will you put that glass down?
Wednesday Wisdom is a series with short bursts of easy-to-consume wisdom in the form of inspiring stories, verse, quotes, anecdotes, reflections, easy meditation, thought-provoking questions and humor. Oh yeah, some days are not so short.