Letting the rest all fall away,
the light from within guides us home!

A young woman in front of the room confidently walked around,
while explaining stress management to an audience,
with a raised glass of water in her hand,
and everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question,
'half empty or half full?' . . .

She fooled them all . . .
How heavy is this glass of water?”
she inquired with a smile.

The answers that were called out from the audience
ranged from 8 to 12 ounces.

The lecturer replied,
"The absolute weight doesn't matter.
It depends on how long you try to 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."

She continued,
"And that’s the way it is with stress management.
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 are refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.

So, before you return home tonight,
put the burden of work down.
Don’t carry it home.

Put down anything
that may be a burden to you right now
for a moment, if you can . . .

Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Just take a while to just simply RELAX,
you can pick it all up again later after you’ve rested.

Relax –
Life is short.
Enjoy it.”

- You can pick it up tomorrow -

And then she shared some ways of dealing with the burdens
of life with these tips for
Stress Management.

Accept that some days you're the pigeon,
and some days you're the statue

Always keep your words soft and sweet,
just in case you have to eat them.

Drive carefully.
It's not only cars
that can be recalled by their maker.

If you can't be kind,
at least have the decency to be vague.

If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again,
it was totally worth it.

It may be that your sole purpose in life
is simply to be kind to others;
rather than being an example
that serves as a warning to others.

Never buy a car you can't push.

Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time,
because then you won't have a leg to stand on.

Nobody cares if you can't dance well.
Just get up and dance.

When everything's coming your way,
you're in the wrong lane.

Birthdays are good for you.
The more you have,
the longer you live.

Some mistakes are too much fun to only make
once . . .
most aren’t . . .

We could learn a lot from crayons . . .
some are sharp,
some are pretty
and some are dull.
Some have weird names,
and all are different colors,
but they all have to live in the same box.

When someone in your life
is having a bad day,
don’t make it yours;
be supportive,
but don’t take it on.

A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour. 2

When confronted by something upsetting:
ask yourself,
"Did I cause it"?
"Can I fix it?
If the answer to both is "No" - let it go; stop fretting yourself.
If it's "Yes", then do something about it.
Stress Management: an Awesome Analogy
Making our dreams come true
is often more about letting go
than taking any grand action.

When we have the courage to let
go of anything standing in our
way—and that includes the
dreams we could make come
true (if we worked hard
enough), those we think we
"should" make come true,
or any other distraction taking
our energy—
and choose instead to honor
the unique dream our soul wants
more than anything in the world,
life becomes magical.
The single biggest cause of stress
is our sick, dysfunctional society;
trying to be well-adjusted and “functional” in it
does not lead to health, but to failure: extreme stress.

Reality is the leading cause of stress
for those in touch with it.

There cannot be a stressful crisis next week.
My schedule is already full.

Stress is an ignorant state.
It believes that everything is an emergency.

Stress is nothing more than a socially acceptable
form of mental illness.
You’ve got enough stress already
to let temporary challenges
and setbacks
ruin an otherwise perfectly good life.

Check out the
Stress-Buster Workshop.
You may be only one person in the world,
but you may also be the world to one person.

Have an awesomely day
and know that someone has thought about you today. . .
I did, and - - -
now let us together take a "page" from this “book”,
allowing the feature of our day to be enjoyment and happiness –
c’mon, try it – you can always go back to your previous state
if it doesn’t work out . . .  

or did you already have other plans?
[1] ~Laurie Smith
[2] -Awesome Analogy  ~Unknown
(Awesome Stress Management)
[3] -
Have The Courage To Let Go ~Unknown
[4] ~Jane Wagner
[5] ~Henry Kissinger
[6] ~Natalie Goldberg
[7] ~Richard Carlson
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