A young lady confidently walked around the room while explaining stress to an audience; with a raised glass of water, everyone in the room anticipated she would ask the question, “Half empty or half full?” Fooling the group, she asked instead, “How heavy is the glass of water?”
Answers ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, my arm will ache. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance. In each case it is the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
She continued, “And that’s the way it is with stress, if we carry our burdens (or resentment, or anger, or guilt) all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”