However, 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, "That's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens with us 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, we have to put stress aside for a while and rest before picking it up again. So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your worries aside and focus on your family and friends. Don't carry the stress around with you through the evening and into the night. Then when we're refreshed, we will find it easier to carry the burden.