What am I carrying…

I heard this story…

A psychologist walked around a classroom 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 8 oz. to 20 oz.

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.”

Remember to put the glass down. 


As I continue to work in step 4, I put the glass down that I’ve been carrying. Such a cool visual. 

Today is hard for my sons. They are struggling with the Dad they have and the Dad they wish they had. 

Just like I have, I pray one day they will be willing to accept him for who he is what he is capable of. 

My journey to serenity continues…



  1. Hey great post. I like the put the glass down way of looking at step 4. This step is my favorite because its about me what I have inside that needs to be dealt with. Praying for you and your sons.

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    1. Thank you so much for your prayers. I prayed this morning too and posted about those who are struggling today. I was so surprised when a friend of mine wrote back, thank you. He was adopted and always struggles not knowing his bio parents on days like today. We never know who we may touch when we pray.
      Prayers to you as well for healing of hurts.

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