Throughout last week, I was out on vacation along with my family. What a blessing it was. I say this because it gave me an opportunity to spend time with my mother; my spiritual guide & mentor. On our way from Srinagar to Gulmarg, we were having a discussion on the quality of life that I am living. She was concerned about the amount of stress that I take on daily basis. I was giving her reasons, reasons that I know were genuine& issues that are simply non-avoidable.
She was listening with patience, nodding in agreement. Her only argument was, “Do you think we did not have these issues when we were of your age ?” and then in her own unique style she told us a story, a story about why it is important to put our day-to-day challenges down at the end of every day before going to sleep. I hereby share it with you all.
Once, a Guru 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?’ ‘1 liter!’ ….’2 liter!’ …..’3 liter!’ ……the students answered.
‘I really don’t know unless I weigh it,’ said the Guru, ‘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 Guru 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” said the student.
‘Very good, But during all this, did the weight of the glass change?’ asked the Guru.
‘No,’ replied the students.’
‘Then what caused the arm ache; the muscle stress? Instead, what should I do?’
The students were puzzled. ‘Put the glass down’ said one of the students.
‘Exactly!’ said the Guru. ‘Life’s problems are something like this. Hold them for a few minutes in your head; they seem OK. Think of them for a long time; 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, strong, can handle any issue, any challenge that comes your way!