January 19, 2022
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
I think one of the reasons some of us are unhappy so often is our inability to handle stress and our worries. We are better off doing what we can with our troubles and then moving on, leaving our worries behind.
Here is a story I got from the Thought Catalog that reminds us that the longer we fret over our worries the worse they become.
Stop stressing so much
“Once upon a time a psychology professor walked around on a stage while teaching stress management principles to an auditorium filled with students. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the typical ‘glass half empty or glass half full’ question. Instead, with a smile on her face, the professor asked, ‘How heavy is this glass of water I’m holding?’
Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to a couple pounds.
She replied, ‘From my perspective, the absolute weight of this glass doesn’t matter. It all depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute or two, it’s fairly light. If I hold it for an hour straight, its weight might make my arm ache a little. If I hold it for a day straight, my arm will likely cramp up and feel completely numb and paralyzed, forcing me to drop the glass to the floor. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it feels to me.’
As the class shook their heads in agreement, she continued, ‘Your stresses and worries in life are very much like this glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and you begin to ache a little. Think about them all day long, and you will feel completely numb and paralyzed – incapable of doing anything else until you drop them.’”
“The truth is that stress doesn’t come from your boss, your kids, your spouse, traffic jams, health challenges, or other circumstances. It comes from your thoughts about your circumstances.”
“Sometimes I lie awake at night, and I ask, ‘Where have I gone wrong?’
Then a voice says to me, ‘This is going to take more than one night.’ “
Famous Last Words:
— Unfortunately I can not totally agree with comrade Stalin.
— Of course you don’t look fat in that dress honey. Well… maybe a little.
— Hey ya’ll watch this.
— LOOK! An old mine from world war…..
— Sure, rope bridges last forever.
— Trust me, I know what I’m doing.
— Do I cut the red or the blue wire?
— Oh shut up! I won’t fall!
— Oh, it looks like a dolphin is swimming this way…
— I wonder what happens if these two wires touch.
If you can’t be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
Two hikers are out hiking. All of a sudden, a bear starts chasing them.
They climb a tree, but the bear starts climbing up the tree after them. The first hiker gets his sneakers out of his knapsack and starts putting them on.
The second hiker says, ‘What are you doing?’
The first responds, ‘I figure when the bear gets close to us, we’ll have to jump down and make a run for it.’
The second says, ‘Are you crazy? Don’t you know you can’t outrun a bear?
The first guy says, ‘I don’t have to outrun the bear I only have to outrun you!’
Insanity is my only means of relaxation.
The businessman dragged himself home and barely made it to his chair before he dropped exhausted.
His sympathetic wife was right there with a tall cool drink and a comforting word. “My you look tired,” she said. “You must have had a hard day today. What happened to make you so exhausted?”
“It was terrible,” her husband said. “The computer broke down and all of us had to do our own thinking.”
I wonder if Adam ever said to Eve,
“Watch it!!! There are plenty more ribs where YOU came from!”
Two old friends meet passing on the street one day. But one looked forlorn, and almost on the verge of tears. His friend asked, “What had the world done to you, my old friend?”
The sad fellow said, “Let me tell you. Three weeks ago, an uncle died and left me forty thousand dollars.”
“That’s not bad.”
“But you see, two weeks ago, a cousin I never even knew kicked the bucket, and left me eighty-five thousand free and clear.”
“Sounds like you should be grateful…”
“You don’t understand!” he interrupted. “Last week my great-aunt passed away. I inherited almost a quarter of a million.”
Now he was really confused. “Then, how come you look so glum?”
“This week… nothing!”
“Women and cats will do as they please and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.”
Robert A. Heinlein
During an Army war game a commanding officer’s jeep got stuck in the mud.
The C.O. saw some men lounging around nearby and asked them to help him get unstuck. “Sorry sir,” said one of the loafers, “but we’ve been classified dead and the umpire said we couldn’t contribute in any way.”
The C.O. turned to his driver and said, “Go drag a couple of those dead bodies over here and throw them under the wheels to give us some traction.”
“We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday’s burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.”
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