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Tognoli Time

Water and Stress

A lot of people might be surprised to find out that I am a worrier. In addition, I have struggled with dyslexia, ADHD and anxiety my whole life...and I know I am not alone.

Many years ago, I heard someone talk about managing stress using a glass of water as an example. He raised a glass of water and asked, "How heavy is this glass of water?”

He said, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. What matters is 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 hold it, the heavier it gets."

That is exactly how stress, worry and anxiety work. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavier, we won't be able to carry on.

On the other hand, when we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden/stress. So, at the end of each day, put your burdens down. You can pick them back up tomorrow.

    Here are some great ways of dealing with the burdens of life:
  • Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue.
  • Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
  • Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
  • Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker.
  • If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
  • If you lend someone $100 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
  • It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
  • Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
  • Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
  • When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane.
  • Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live.
  • Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once.
  • 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.
  • A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

God Bless!

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