|Natures Best 2009|
Windland Smith Rice International Awards
There is a story about a professor who is presenting a lecture on stress management to his students. He raised a glass of water and asked the class, "How heavy do you think this glass of water is?" The students guessed about 6 ounces. "It doesn't matter what the absolute weight is. It depends on how long you hold it," the professor replied. "If I hold it for a minute, it is okay. If I hold it for an hour, my arm will start to ache. If I hold it for a day, you will have to call an ambulance. It is the exact same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
If you carry your burdens all the time, sooner or later, you will not be able to carry on, the burden will be too heavy. What you have to do is put the glass down and rest for a while before holding it up again. You have to put down the burdens from time to time, so that you can be refreshed and able to carry on. Whatever burden you are carrying on your shoulders, let it down. Take a rest. If you must, you can pick it up again later when you have rested.