At the beginning of the lesson, the professor picked up a glass with a little water. He kept this glass until all the students paid attention to it, and then asked:
“How much do you think this glass weighs?”
“50 grams!” … “100 grams!” … “125 grams!” … – assumed the students.
“I myself do not know, – the professor continued. – To know this, I need to weigh it. But the question is: what happens if I hold this glass for a few minutes?”
“Nothing,” – the students answered.
“Good. What happens if I hold this glass for an hour?” – The professor asked again.
“Your hand will hurt,” – one of the students answered.
“And what will happen if I, then, hold the glass all day long?” – asked the teacher again.
“Your hand will become petrified, you will feel a strong tension in your muscles, and even it can paralyze your arm, and we will have to send you to a hospital,” – a student said, to the general audience laughter.
“Very good, – the professor continued unperturbedly, – but has the weight of the glass changed during this time?”
“No,” – was the answer.
“Then where did the pain in the shoulder and muscle tension come from?” – continued the teacher with his interrogation.
The students were surprised and discouraged.
“What do I need to do to get rid of the pain? – Asked the professor.
“Lower the glass,” – the audience replied.
“There, – exclaimed the professor, – the same happens with life’s problems and failures. If you will keep them in your head for a few minutes, this is normal.
You will think about them a lot of time, and you will start to feel pain.
And if you continue to think about this for a long, long time, then it will begin to paralyze you, and you cannot do anything else.
It is important to think about the situation and draw conclusions, but it is even more important to release these problems from yourself at the end of each day before you go to sleep.
And thus, without stress, you will be able to wake up fresh every morning and ready to cope with new life situations.”