Monday, February 04, 2008


I received this in an email from a friend, but I thought it was a great something to post! I hope it will make you smile and maybe relieve a little stress at the same time!

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is the glass of water?"
Answers ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
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 can 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 teh 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/life 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 after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy!"

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life:

1. Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
2. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4. Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8. Never buy a car you can't push.
9. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
10. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late.
12. The second mouse gets the cheese.
13. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
14. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
15. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person.
16. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
17. 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.
18. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

***CHALLENGE***Share one of your "favorite forwards." I know we delete most of them (or I do, anyway), but every once in a while a good one comes along that's worth sharing! So get to posting!


  1. That was so good!! I'm afraid I can't push my new car. Maybe Jason will be with me!LOL! No, people are not asking me about the preggers thing. They are asking me about the new firm. Don't ask me how things spread so fast in a small town. It really is amazing. Yes! Casting Crowns! Jason's sister and her husband bought tickets for our entire family. All four siblings and their spouses and Jason's parents all went together. It was an AWESOME experience. The babysitters we got to babysit all 16 children in one house may not agree!! Anyway, thanks for the forward. It made me smile and say...oh, so true!!

  2. #2 and #12 were excellent. Glad you shared this!


  3. Charla - loved it! I would add this...for stress relief - unload on your friends - joking! Just spending time and sharing with your friends is sometimes the best medicine...thanks BFF!

  4. Thanks for the comment on my blog with the picture from Elizabeth's first birthday. I totally saw what you were saying, and didn't take it the wrong way for one second. :-) You're very sweet!

    Next time we are in Wichita Falls, I'm giving you a call. Maybe you could make the trip more fun for us. :-) Oh, I'm such a bad person!


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