I once heard of an analogy between the weight of holding a glass of water, to holding onto things in our lives. This analogy allowed me to see the importance of letting go of the things that don't serve me in positive ways anymore. A summary of the analogy can be found in the video below.
Imagine you are holding a glass of water. If you hold it for a minute, it's a not a problem.
If you hold it for an hour, you'll have an ache in your arm.
If you hold it for a day, your arm will feel numb and paralyzed.
The weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer you hold it, the heavier it becomes.
The stresses and worries in our lives 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.
Think about them all day long and you will feel paralyzed, incapable of doing anything.
I used to allow the unfortunate circumstances in my life to paralyze my ability to function. I remember years ago, if I was in a stressful situation I couldn't eat, I didn't want to talk to anyone, and I would often call out of work. Through the "glass of water" analogy, I learned that in order to not be a victim of my circumstances, I had to let go of the things that no longer served me in positive ways anymore.
As early as you can put the glass down, is the sooner the pain will go away. The same applies for as early as you can allow yourself to let go, bit by bit, of the various stressors in life. The earlier you can put those things down, the sooner the healing process can take place, regardless of the "weight of the glass."
When you put whatever you might be holding onto down, you'll soon realize that absolute weight isn't the problem. You'll also be able to realize how some people can go through terrible situations, but still rise above it. This is because what really matters is how long you hold on to the situations that weigh you down. Toughness isn’t enduring pain for little reason, mental toughness is figuring out a better strategy to overcome. Rather than being paralyzed, take action. Invest in things and people that will cultivate the best in you, and surround yourself with positive experiences that will set the foundation for healing and continued growth.
I hope this was helpful, and that it will inspire you to let go of whatever may be paralyzing you from progressing forward! Feel free to comment below or share this post with someone else!💓