How heavy are your problems? Do they burden you down and make you feel exhausted? We think about our problems over and over again until we feel the pressure and pain of stress. Most of us don’t even realize that we are carrying such a heavy weight around with us.
I heard a story about a lecturer who was talking to a group about stress management. He asked them how much a glass of water would weigh. Of course it only weighs a few ounces. But if you held that glass of water for a period of time what would happen?
- if you held the glass for a few minutes, nothing would happen
- if you held the glass for an hour, your hand and arm would start to hurt
- if you held the glass for 24 hours, you would probably have a lot of pain, your hand and arm would become numb or paralyzed and you might have to go to the hospital
So why would you have so much pain when the glass didn’t weigh very much? This is because the longer you hold on to something, the heavier it becomes. The same goes for our problems. If we hold onto them for a long period of time, they will cause unavoidable pain and stress. If you think about your problems all day, day after day, they will end up paralyzing you and you won’t be able to do anything.
How can we avoid having pain and stress? If you are holding a glass, the answer is simple. Just let go of the glass and put it down. If you are holding onto your problems, the answer is simple but harder to do. Just let go of your problems and put down your burden. Don’t keep carrying your problems around. Try to resolve them if you can. It will take some time and effort but if you are persistent and patient, the results will be positive.
Give your stress wings and let it fly away. ~Terri Guillemets
Let go and let God. ~Unknown
Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions. ~Gerald Jampolsky
There’s an important difference between giving up and letting go. ~Jessica Hatchigan
Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head. ~Ann Landers
Think about any attachments that are depleting your emotional reserves. Consider letting them go. ~Oprah Winfrey
Ask yourself this question: Will this matter a year from now? ~Richard Carlson Ph.D
Some of us think holding on makes us strong; but sometimes it is letting go. ~Herman Hesse
Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? ~Leo Buscaglia