One morning, the class was full of students when the professor entered. It was the first class of psychology.
He put his books down on the table, took the duster in his hands, erased the contents on the board and came to the center of the class. He held his duster in his right hand and kept the hand raised in air.
For first five minutes, class was silent. But then with minutes passing by, the confusion in the class was rising. The professor was still standing in the middle of the class holding that duster up in his right hand.
Noticing the confusion among the students, the professor asked: Tell me what is the weight of this duster?
25 grams or 15 grams or 20 grams were the common answers. “5 ounces” was the answer from one of the exchange students. (Obviously from the US. They hate metric system)
The professor continued. “What will happen if I keep holding this duster in my hand for five minutes?”
“What if I keep it like this for an hour?”
“Your hands will start paining with the stress in muscles .”
“What if I keep like this for a few more hours?”
“The pain will keep increasing. Muscles will get tired by standing in one stiff position.”
“Correct. But what will be the weight of the duster then? What will be the change in it?”
“Obviously nothing. Duster’s weight will still stay the same.”
“Then what was it that caused the pain?”, professor asked the class.
The class was confused. They didn’t have the answer.
“Let me ask you this. What shall I do to reduce the pain?”
“PUT THAT DUSTER DOWN”, the class screamed together.
“Exactly”, professor continued…
Your problems, your worries in life are exactly like this. Hold those troubles in your head for a few minutes and you will still be okay. Hold for a few more minutes and it will start aching. For a few hours and it will make you mad. There will be a time that the problems will start paralyzing you.
The class was getting convinced. But one student asked: “But aren’t they my problems? Shall I just drop them off? Who will solve those if not me?”
“My son, I am not asking you to leave those problems for God to solve. Just that, try solving those throughout the day. But at the end of the day, PUT THEM DOWN before you go to sleep. Your bed should be a tension-free zone. Your bed is a space which should just help you heal and not worry. Put the issues down before jumping into the bed and have a sound sleep. And, wake up the next morning with a renewed energy to fight your issues. If you are getting worry-less sleep, you will be even stronger the next morning to face your battles and will be ready for many more coming your way.”
The silence in the class was enough for the professor to convince himself that the message was conveyed.
So, before ending the class, he went to the front, held the duster high in his hand and asked: “So what do we do to our problems at the end of the day?”
“WE PUT THEM DOWN.”
“What do we do to our worries before entering the bed at the end of a tiring day?”
“WE PUT THEM DOWN.”
“What we do to the uncertainties and confusions of our lives at the end of the day?”
“WE PUT THEM DOWN.
-Arjuna@War (Parth Shah)
The story was inspired from one of the lectures I attended.”