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How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:21 am

Got this from a friend.. very timely:

Stress

A lecturer when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked
'How heavy is this glass of water?'

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

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.'

He 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're 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. You can pick it up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can.' So, my friend, Put down anything that may be a burden to you right now. Don't pick it up again until after you've rested a while.

Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

  • 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.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • 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 probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply be kind to others.
  • 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.
  • Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
  • The second mouse gets the cheese.
  • 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.
  • You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • 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.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today...I did. :big smile:

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 11:59 am

I agree Rudi. Lots of good info there! :D

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:07 pm

Good advice, but how do you do it? It seems with all the expectations placed upon us, our jobs have become 24 hour a day jobs. I keep reminding myself that before I had this job, I was Nancy's husband and Jeremy and Cortney's dad and the only thing out of the four I can live without is the job. To this point, no one has stepped up and offered to support me though.

Festus

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:15 pm

Rudi,

Thanks a lot! How did you know that I needed that right now?

Bill

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 2:20 pm

Prior to retirement, when I worked full time, I lived by the following motto.

My job is what I do, not who I am.

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 4:13 pm

:thumbsup:

Excellent!!!

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 5:10 pm

Bill:

Because my friend, I needed it as well and a friend sent it to me.

Bill (TAMU '78) wrote:Rudi,

Thanks a lot! How did you know that I needed that right now?

Bill


Don:

Exactly, it is what we do, and does not define us as persons, thank the Good Lord !

Don McCombs wrote:Prior to retirement, when I worked full time, I lived by the following motto.

My job is what I do, not who I am.

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:02 pm

Excellent, Rudi. Great timing with the post.

And this one has to be high on my list of favorites:

You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.

Thanks!


Roy

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:03 pm

Thank you Rudi, I needed that too.

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Wed Aug 27, 2008 8:47 pm

Thanks Rudi, for sharing that. Good stuff. :D :D

Re: How To Deal With Stress -- really good.

Sat Aug 30, 2008 12:05 am

Rudi,

Those are perfect words for carrying the weight you now carry....and these days all of us can benefit from the serenity they bring!

My favorite way of dividing the important stuff from the junk? this old saying came from a friend of mine who lost his life at an early age...while relaxing on his motorcycle:

"If nothing eternal hangs on it...let it go." Tim Watts, my friend...may he rest in peace, while his words endure to help others. :D

Corky
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