A little food for thought in these trying times….

A teacher walked around a room holding a glass of water. As she raised the glass, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she asked: “How heavy is this class of water?”

The answers the student’s called out varied greatly.

She replied, “The actual weight doesn’t matter; it depends on how long I hold the glass. 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.”

The teacher continued, “The stress and worries in life are like this 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.”

At a time when we are being told to isolate I’m encouraging you to connect, to reach out. Pick up the phone, send an email, send a text message, try a video call, write a letter. No matter how you do it just reach out.

Talk to your friends, your family, your neighbours. Share you feelings, your worries, your stresses. In the absence of physical connections let our words become the connection.

It’s important to let go of your stresses. Remember to put the glass down!

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