Remember to Put the Glass Down

Day to day happenings can weigh heavily on your mind. The more and more you think of the things that are going wrong or moving at a pace that you can’t agree with, you will often find yourself even more burdened.

This burden that stress puts on you can have the power to pull you away from the things that you like and love. Even causing you to put off your pursuit of your dreams.

It is only when you step away from the things that cause you anxiety, will you not feel anxious.

A little story:

A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”

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, it’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.

She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”

Remember to put the glass down.

With the glass empty, you’ll have room for your artistic pursuits. Never get caught up on the bad. Look at, deal with it, and move one. Keep the glass lite and your life will match it.

This post was written by Reginald Calhoun. He is a junior Mass Media Arts major at Clark Atlanta University. Follow him on Twitter @IRMarsean and on Instagram @Les_geaux_jawn.