Glass of Water

Summary – The Glass of Water Theory

In a lecture on stress management, the lecturer picked up a glass of water and asked his student “How much this water weigh?”. One student estimated the weight to be about 500g.

The lecturer then asked “Do you think you can hold the glass of water with your hand stretched?”. The students replied “Easily.”With a smile, the lecturer continues “The truth is, it is really easy to hold that glass of water. But what will happen if you hold that glass for an hour? Your hand will start to feel pain. What will happen after a day of holding the glass of water? you may pass out from the pain.”

“The same goes to stress. Most people can handle their own stress. When you work, you are given a lot of work to do, problem to solve, and other stress. Being your job, you will always be able to handle it.”

“But what will happen if you keep carrying that stress on your shoulder even after work? What will happen if you keep bringing your work and problem home? and what will happen if you sleep every night thinking about your unfinished work?”

“You will collapse eventually”

“So always leave your burden and stress periodically. Leave your work at your workplace. Don’t bring it home. Pick it up tomorrow when you’re there and you can do something about it. You can’t do much about it at home. So why bother. Your stress and burden will then be more bearable and easier to manage.”

So guys.. Enjoy your Sunday ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Tracey
    04 May 08 8:13 am

    Thank you for posting this. I am under a HUGE stress burden at work and have been collapsing under it. I have been trying to set it down unconsciously by learning piano as a distraction, but I haven’t realized how important that is. I will be trying to keep this far more in my conscious mind.

  2. 04 May 08 3:57 pm

    thanks for this entry…. helps us to realize how damaging stress can be…

  3. filantera`
    05 May 08 11:46 am


    the idea is, what happen at work place, stay there!


    when u bring ur work home, then the home(problems) will follow u to work

  4. 05 May 08 11:54 am


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  5. 05 May 08 12:12 pm

    This is a great stuff. People are spending dollars to come out of stress.

  6. banji
    05 May 08 1:29 pm

    Tracey – You are never alone. Every people on the planet is under stress when it comes to work. Learning piano is a good way to distract yourself. But first I think you should let it go. If not, the stress will come rushing back once you’re done playing. I will write a piece on that later ๐Ÿ™‚

    pikey – Yup.. a silent killer. What more can be as dangerous

    filantera – Interesting.. come to think about it, there are some people who brings their home problem to work. Out of sudden, very early in the morning, he cracked ๐Ÿ™‚

    Shilpan – I will have a look at the articles. Thank you for dropping by

    Shanker Bakshi – And we can only find the solution if we look for it ๐Ÿ™‚ I believe most of our problem were not solved because we really don’t want it to be solved. We should try letting go some times. The world will not stop spinning if we do, right?

  7. 07 May 08 1:59 pm

    Stressed is Desserts! ๐Ÿ˜€

    Take stress anywhere you go, if you can treat it like it is desserts instead of feeling stressed. :p

  8. banji
    07 May 08 11:11 pm

    Deimos Tel`Arin – interesting ๐Ÿ™‚ the ultimate secret would be how to cook “stressed” into “desserts”

  9. laraquel florida
    16 Sep 10 5:39 pm

    nice theory

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