Dealing with stress

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I don't know who the author is, but the following advice sounds pretty good to me.

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?"

Answers 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. You have to put the glass of water down for a while and rest before holding it again. Likewise, once you're refreshed, you 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. Put it down, and don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while."

Here are some tidbits from the same author:

♦ 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 wear 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.

♦ Your sole purpose in life may simply be to be kind to others.

♦ Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time or you won't have a leg to stand on.

♦ Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.

♦ 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.

♦ A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

♦ 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 live in the same box. (This one is attributed to Robert Fulghum)

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