Put down the negativity

7 Jun 2022

When I first watched this video, as the professor poured the water into a glass, I expected him to ask the typical “glass half empty or glass half full” question. Instead, the professor asked, “How heavy is this glass of water?” Students shouted out answers ranging from eight ounces to sixteen ounces.He replied, “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, he 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.”

This is a true analogy for many millennials including myself. I want to remind ourselves to take a chill pill. I know dozens of people in their mid-20’s who are literally working away the best decade of life because they want to be a hustler and achieve financial freedom.

While there’s nothing wrong with working hard, you shouldn’t sacrifice your quality of life for a big paycheck.

Moral: It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses and worries. Live life!

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