Friday, February 13, 2009

Glass Analogy

A Professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see and asked the students, "How much do you think this glass weighs"?


"50 gr!" ... "100 gr!" ... "125 gr!" ... the students answered.

"I really don't know unless I weigh it", said the Professor, "But my question is: What would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?"

"Nothing", the students said.

"OK. What would happen if I held it up like this for an hour?", asked the Professor.

"Your arm would begin to ache", said one of the students.

"You're right. Now what would happen if I held it for a day?"

"Your arm could go numb, you might have severe muscle stress and paralysis and have to go to hospital for sure!", ventured another students. And all the students laughed.

"Very good!"

"But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?"

"No.", was the answer.

"Then what caused the arm ached and the muscle stress?"

The students were puzzled.

"What should I do now to come out of pain?" asked Professor again.

"Put the glass down.", said one of the students.

"Exactly!", said the Professor.


Life's problems are something like this.

Hold it for a few minutes in your head and they seem OK.

Think of them for a long time and they begin to ache.

Hold it even longer and they begin to paralyze you. You will not be able to do anything.

It is important to think of the challenges or problems in your life. But even important is to 'PUT THEM DOWN' at the end of everyday before you go to sleep. That way, you are not stressed, you wake up everyday fresh and strong and can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!

So, when you leave office today, remember to 'PUT THE GLASS DOWN TODAY!'.

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This analogy reminds me of what my ex-colleague back in the Netherlands, Constantijn, once said to me one afternoon. I couldn't remember what I've said or shown to him that day, but he gave me an advice that instantly stroke me and stayed strong in my head from the moment the words came out from his mouth. "It's fine. Just don't worry over the things you can't control, OK!" Then he smiled.

How true that can be? What's the point of worrying thing when you are hardly able to change even a bit of the problem?

Then this was reassured again by a colleague here in Singapore first time I joined the company. "Christine, detach yourself from work on weekends."

Yeah man! I am so doing it though work does often flash few times during weekends. It is my work in progress, given the "thinker" nature that I was blessed with.

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