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THE ORIGINS OF STRESS – Polar Warriors
Today I have a short video inspired by a story told by an Australian Monk. It was even published on the Harvard Business School Blog, so it resonates with a lot of people. Myself included…
During a speech, the monk held up his glass of water and asked the audience: “How heavy is this glass?” Before anyone could answer, he continued… “If I keep on holding my glass like this, after five minutes my arm will ache. After ten minutes, I will be in considerable pain. And after fifteen minutes, I will be in agony and a very stupid monk!”
“So what should I do” he asked the audience…
“Whenever the glass of water starts to feel too heavy for me to hold comfortably, I should put it down for one minute. Having rested my arm for sixty seconds, then I can pick up the glass and carry it again with ease. If you don’t believe me, try it yourself at home!”
“This is the origin of stress at your workplace. It has nothing to do with how much work you have to do, nor how heavy your responsibilities are. It has everything to do with not knowing how to put the work down when it feels too heavy to bear and rest for a little while. before picking up the burden again.”
If you don’t learn to “put down the burden” and take a rest when you feel stressed, then the quality of your work will decline, your output will get much less, and your stress levels will increase. But if you give yourself a half-hour break in the middle of the day, the thirty minutes that you lose is soon made up with higher-quality work completed in less time. You get, for example, four hours of work done in three hours, and it is of good quality.
Putting down the glass of water, therefore, is not a waste of precious time but an investment. repaid later through the increased efficiency of your brain.”
-AJAHN BRAHM – Australia
“It has everything to do with not knowing how to put the work down when it feels too heavy to bear and rest for a little while. before picking up the burden again.”
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