So there has been a lot going on behind the scenes here lately. I’m not ready to share any of it publicly but I wanted to blog a beautiful inspiring email that I was sent by two different friends last week that really encouraged me.
A lot of you may have read it before, but it is so good and applicable to parents of special needs kids that I’m going to share it here again for those that may not have seen it…
A young lady confidently walked around the room while leading and explaining stress management to an audience with a raised glass of water. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, ‘half empty or half full?’… She fooled them all … “How heavy is this glass of water?” she inquired with a smile.
Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
She replied, “The absolute weight doesn’t matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that’s not a problem.
If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
In each case it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes.” She continued,
“And that’s the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won’t be able to carry on.”
“As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden – holding stress longer and better each time practiced.
So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down.
Don’t carry them through the evening and into the night… Pick them up tomorrow.
So for now, I’m placing my glass of water down for a rest to get refreshed and to ease my load. It’s gotten far too heavy to hold for extended periods and I need God’s strength more than ever.
I hope all of you realise what a wonderful and sometimes thankless job you are doing and that you are not alone.