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  Dealing With StressTuesday, April 23rd, 2024  
© John Mark Ministries

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water, "How heavy is this glass of water?" Answers called out ranged from 20g - 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 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 to me." He continued, "that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, the burden becomes increasingly heavy, and we won't be able to carry on. As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while, 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. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can. Relax; pick them up later when you are rested. Life is short - learn how to enjoy it!"

He then shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
  • 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 to their Maker!

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

  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon and some days you're the statue..

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

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

  • The second mouse gets the cheese..

  • When everything is coming your way, the odds are that you're in the wrong lane!

  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well, just get up and dance - remember Zorba the Greek and his 'education' of the English civil engineer..

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