I recently heard this story which I thought was worth sharing:
A psychologist was giving a speech about managing stress.
At some point during the speech, she raised a glass of water and people in the audience thought, she was going to ask the classic question “is the glass half full or half empty?”
Instead, the psychologist asked “How heavy is a glass of water?”
“The weight of it does not matter.” She responded to her own question. “What matters is for how long you have to hold it. If you hold it for a minute, there’s no problem. If you hold it for an hour, your shoulder will hurt. Then again, if you hold it for a whole day, your shoulder will feel numb and paralyzed. In any case, the weight of the glass with the water in it does not change, but the longer you hold it for the heavier it gets.”
“Anxieties and worries in our lives are the exact same way,” she went on. “If you think a little about something that worries you, nothing will happen. If you think about it a little longer, it will start bothering you. If you’re constantly thinking about it, eventually, you will feel paralyzed and unable to do anything about it. So, please remember to every now and then, put the glass down...”