Why it doesn’t matter if the glass is half full or empty
How often have you heard the saying: is the glass half full or half empty? I would guess as often as I have. I hadn’t thought much more about it, but was forced to listen to it again recently. I had tickets for a speaker here in Germany and he is known for the great morals that he teaches. As soon as he put a half glass of water in front of the table I knew he was going to ask: Half full or half empty? My mind was already screaming Boring! But he took me by surprise when he asked: “How heavy is this glass of water?” What? How heavy? Why did he want to know that? What was really important, however, was that he had my attention back.
The answers he was given were quite different ranging from 5 ounces to 15 ounces, but the answer he gave took me also by surprise. He answered that the weight doesn’t matter. What matters is how long I hold it in my hand. When I hold it for a minute there is no problem at all.
When I hold it for one hour my arm will start hurting, but if I try holding it for one day my arm will go numb. In all three cases the weight of the glass is the same. But the longer I hold it, the heavier it gets and the more painful.
Our worries and problems in life are comparable with this glass of water. When we think only a little about them nothing happens. When we think more about them it gets harder, but when we think day in and day out about them we feel numb and paralyzed and we don’t feel able to do something against them.
So always remember to put the glass of water down every once in awhile.
Since then I have tried to lay down my worries and as hard as it is, when I do it, I feel free and better equipped to accomplish my goals.