Friday, February 15, 2013

stress management

Someone emailed this to me, and I thought it was a great analogy.  read it, I think you'll agree!
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'half empty or half full?'... She fooled them all .... "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.
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, 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." She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. 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 - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
 
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don 't carry them through the evening and into the night... Pick them up tomorrow.
 
1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
 
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
 
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
 
4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
 
5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
 
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
 
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
 
8 * Never buy a car you can't push.
 
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
 
10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
 
11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
 
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
 
13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
 
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
 
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
 
17 * 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.
 
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
 
19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
 
AND MOST IMPORTANTLY
 
20 *Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!* I THINK !!!!

16 comments:

Susie said...

Viv, That is so cute. I try not to worry, if I find myself worrying too much, I know I am not talking with God enough. We are to hand our cares over to Him each day. Enjoy your weekend. xoxo,Susie

Lesa said...

The post is too true! All of it! Very amusing as well.

Holly- Cutie Pie Cottage said...

"Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it."

Ha-ha!

Right now I'm reading a young adult novel. Will that make me look good? ;)

kandeland said...

ha! cute! love 16 and 17. have a wonderful, stress-free weekend Viv! love you!

chris mckinley said...

This is perfect!! I will print this out and hang it on my dry board at work...something to look at when I think things are out of control....gentle reminders of what's really important!

Hugs chris

Debby said...

So many good things to learn from this. Little things are just little things. (((((HUGS))))

Kim K. said...

Great words to live by!! Happy Friday! I hope your weekend is stress-free but not craft free!

Shirley Hatfield said...

Hi, Viv! Your adorable Owlie Girlie arrived on Valentines Day! How much fun is that? Such a cute and quirky little bird...I will enjoy her for years to come!

Sandy said...

Love this!!!!!! :)

Theresa said...

I read that too!!! Loved it. Have a blessed weekend. Hugs

NanaDiana said...

Viv- I love all those "suggestions". There is a lot of truth in those sayings, too. xo Diana

pam said...

All good...but #3 cracks me up! Thanks this was fun!

Cindy said...

Thank you for this post, it came at the right time for me!

Fran said...

Love it. How true the sayings are. Great sayings to live by. Makes you stop and think.
XOXO
Fran

Fran said...

Love it. How true the sayings are. Great sayings to live by. Makes you stop and think.
XOXO
Fran

Jacqueline said...

What happy medicine for Sunday morning! I'd like to use this in my work with the seniors however, most of them have let their stress fly away like a kite on a mission! Freedom to be old and loving it. No cares in the world said one to another at the bingo table! Wink, wink!

If I were to die in the middle of my book I'd be looking at Country Living issues from the 1980's...ha!