~ Reflections

20th October 2021

Put down your burdens awhile

I came across the following article and thought it would be of interest to many of you:

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked

“How heavy is this glass of water?”

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long we try to hold it. If we hold it for a minute, that is not a problem. If we hold it for an hour, we will have an ache in that arm. If we hold it for a day, we will need to call an ambulance. In each case, it is the same weight, but the longer we hold it, the heavier it becomes.”
He continued: “And that is the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”

As with the glass of water, we need to put our burdens down for a while and rest. When we are refreshed, we can carry on. Whatever the burden might be, put it down. Don’t carry it for too long. We can pick it up later if need be or tomorrow and as always after we have rested.

The Sunk Cost Trap

Protecting your earlier choices

You pre-ordered a non-refundable ticket to a basketball game. On the night of the game, you’re tired and there’s a blizzard raging outside. It may be hard to admit, but staying at home is the best choice here. The money for the ticket is already gone regardless of the alternative you choose: it’s a sunk cost, and it shouldn’t influence your decision. Be ok with making mistakes. Listen to people who were not involved in the earlier decisions. Focus on your goals.

(Dr.Mercola – Thinking traps).

Alex Roberts