Monday, October 17, 2011

Travel Light

It's a borrowed thought, but I found it tremendously encouraging and wanted to share...

A young lady confidently paced around a room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience.  She carried a raised glass of water, and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question: "Half empty or half full?" 

"How heavy is this glass of water?", she inquired with a smile. Her audience was perplexed.  Answers were called out from around the room and 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."

"That's the way it is with stress," she continued.  "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. 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.

Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment. Relax, pick them up later after you've rested."

Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior, who daily bears our burdens. ~ Psalm 68:19


  1. It's so important to "put things down" every now and then.
    One of my favorite crafty purchases is a sign that says, "Sometimes Lord,I need the strength - not so much to hold on as to let go....."

    Great post Regina.

  2. This is an excellent lesson Regina. So glad you shared it. I will come back and read it again. Bess

  3. Merry Christmas Regina, and have a most Blessed 2012! Bess