Once a professor began his class by holding up a glass with some water in it. He held it up for all to see and asked the students, ‘How much do you think this glass weighs?’
‘50gms!’ ‘100gms!’ 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?’
‘Nothing’ 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 and have to go to hospital for sure!’ ventured another student and all the students laughed.
‘Very good. But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?’ asked the professor.
‘No’ replied the students.
‘Then what caused the arm ache and the muscle stress…? Instead, what should I do?’
‘Put the glass down!’ said one of the students.
‘Exactly!’ said the professor.
‘Life’s problems are something like this. Hold it for a few minutes in your head and they seem OK. Think of them for a long time and they begin to ache. Hold it even longer and they begin to paralyze you.”