For a good night’s sleep
Read this on Facebook –
“A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they’d be asked the “half empty or half full” question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: “How heavy is this glass of water?”
Answers called out ranged from 50 gms to 150 gms.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it’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, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn’t change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued, “The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed – incapable of doing anything.”
It’s important to remember to let go of your stresses. As early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night. Remember to put the glass down!”
As a practicing coach and trainer I was absolutely blown by the analogy. How true this is. I did not know whether this is the contra to the oft said statement “If a repeat it enough times you will believe in it”. It is often that we let ourselves get drawn into our own shells by thinking of what is not going right and in the process kill that peaceful sleep. For some reason I read three things today which almost said the same thing three different ways.
On FB a quote from Dalai Lama when he says he is surprised about man “He is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being he does not live in the present or in the future”.
And then I was having tea with JK in the afternoon and giving her one of my favourite sermons about “forgetting the past as it is limited in scope and how looking forward gives us a vast canvas to work on”. She was looking at FB in the evening and reads out “The rear view mirror is small and gives you a limited view while the windscreen is large to give you a much broader view”. What a way of putting across a very complex philosophy of life.
Amazed that in one day I would hear all about leaving the past and thinking of the future. Enjoy the present and love life today. And then this thing about not carrying the glass of water for the whole day. Phew! When I go to bed my prayer today is just going to be “Let me get a good night’s sleep and wake up in the morning like there was no yesterday”.