PUT THE GLASS DOWN
-By Dr.Claude Shema-Rutagengwa(*)
Once A professor began his class by holding up a glass of water.
He asked the students,
-"How much do you think this glass weighs?"
"100 grams...., 200 grams...., 250 grams...,",
The students answered.
-"I really don't know unless I weigh it,"
Said the professor .
But, my question
is: what would happen if I held it up like this for a few minutes?"
- the students said. "OK, what would happen if I held it up
like this for an hour?" the professor asked. "Your arm would begin
to ache", said one of the students. "You're right. Now what would
happen if I held it for a day?" "Your arm could go numb, you might
have severe muscle stress and paralysis!"
"You might have to go to
the hospital", added another. "Very good.
But during all this, did
the weight of the glass change?" asked the professor. "No", replied
"Then what caused the arm ache and the muscle stress?
What should I do?" "Put the glass down!" said a student. "Exactly!"
said the professor.
"Life's problems are something like this. Hold
them for a few minutes in your head and they seem OK.
Think of them for a long time and they begin to ache. Hold them even longer; they
begin to paralyze you.
You will not be able to do anything!"
It is important to think of the challenges in your life, but
even more important to "put them down" at the end of every day before
you go to sleep. That way, you are not stressed, you wake up every
day fresh and strong. You can handle any issue, any challenge that
comes your way! Remember to put the glass down today!
(*) Pr.Dr.Udaya Kumar and Pr.Dr.Dietrich contributed a lot to this story.Thanks to them.