How much do feelings weigh?

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899


Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I received this story from Mark Hairston with The Hairston Group. Read it and think about it..I sure did! 

“A professor of philosophy walked into her lecture hall with a glass of water in hand. The hall was filled with antsy students who were eager to finish up class before heading home for Thanksgiving break. As she wound her way through the aisles, the professor raised the glass of water where everyone could see it; most of the students anticipated the predictable "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this water? "

The students all went completely silent for a moment as they started thinking it through, then began calling out answers ranging from eight to 20 ounces. One astute student asked, "Does the glass matter?"

The professor replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter; it depends on how long I hold the glass filled with water. If I hold it all up for a minute or two, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, my arm will probably start to ache. If I continue to hold it for a day, my arm will go numb and feel paralyzed. The weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "The stress and worries that you carry around in life are like that glass of water. Think on them for a minute or so and nothing happens... keep thinking about them for a bit longer, and they begin to hurt. And, if you think about them and hold them up all day long, you will feel paralyzed—incapable of doing anything."


Remember to put the glass down.

Thanksgiving is a time of both letting go and picking up. Each year we have the opportunity to let go of past misunderstandings and mistakes. We also have the opportunity to find clarity and practice gratefulness. The longer we focus on what is truly important, the more we feel relief at putting down our glass of worries and finding joy in today.

AND, if you  are looking for a Realtor in NW Austin who will give you the professional real estate services you deserve...before, during and after your Sale or Purchase...Call Dorie Dillard...let me put my expertise to work for me at 512-346-1799.

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  1. Brian England 11/21/2018 03:52 PM
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Inspiration !!
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Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

Oh my gosh, I love this, Dorie! What a wonderful sentiment to share today - a day to be thankful for so very much. I hope you, Geno and your wonderful family had a lovely Thanksgiving today! 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 22, 2018 08:46 PM #21
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

What a great story to share with us on this Thanksgiving holiday Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR .  I was expecting - half empty or half full!!!

Nov 23, 2018 08:41 AM #22
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR - I am filled with thankfulness and regrets today.

First of all, I'm sorry I never got to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving - or if did, I don't remember. Nonetheless, Happy Thanksgiving.

Second, I am glad Brian England re-blogged your post because I read it and was thrilled! My cup runneth over with gratitude for the lesson learned. 

Nov 24, 2018 05:54 AM #23
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Wow, what a great lesson. Yes, thoughts and feelings can weigh us down so much that we can't move. 

Nov 24, 2018 09:50 AM #24
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                                   Thank you, Dorie.

Nov 24, 2018 04:33 PM #25
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Dorie,  This one is a keeper for all of us here in the rain.  I have to print this one out.


Nov 25, 2018 07:59 AM #26
Mike Cooper, GRI
Cornerstone Business Group Inc - Winchester, VA
Your Neighborhood Real Estate Sales Pro

Dorie, that is a great story, and it is all so true. Thanks for sharing. 

Nov 25, 2018 08:07 AM #27
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Kathy Streib,

Thank you for including my post in your "Ah-ha" moments for the week..I'm honored.

Nov 25, 2018 08:25 AM #28
Lise Howe
Keller Williams Capital Properties - Washington, DC
Assoc. Broker and Attorney Licensed in DC, MD, VA,

Someone very close to me can't put the glass down - in fact I think it defines him - but doesn't have to - I wish he could let it go - 

Nov 25, 2018 08:30 AM #29
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

I need this lesson now more than ever.  I am carrying a lot on my shoulders every day and it is becoming overwhelming. 

Nov 25, 2018 10:05 AM #30
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Dorie - that is something I will certainly remember.  I hope you had a happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 25, 2018 11:25 AM #31
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Dorie,
I love this and agree with Kathy Streib .This is an Ah-Ha Moment.  Thanks so much for sharing this message!  

Nov 25, 2018 11:33 AM #32
Gita Bantwal
RE/MAX Centre Realtors - Warwick, PA
REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel

Thank you for thestory. I love the post.

Nov 25, 2018 02:17 PM #33
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

That's about the most profound analogy I've ever read.  Thanks for sharing it with us and Thanks that Kathy shared it so I didn't miss it.

Nov 25, 2018 02:39 PM #34
Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

Dorie, this post reminds me of a Jack Nicklaus quote “everybody hits bad shots,the trick is not to hit two in a row”. His point was if you can’t forget the bad shot you just hit you are doomed to hit more!

Nov 25, 2018 07:14 PM #35
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty - Kalispell, MT
The House Kat

Thank you for sharing! I never heard this story before but it will definitely stick with me. Put that glass down!

Nov 26, 2018 03:00 AM #36
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Dorie

Now THAT is a powerful story and message!. I will certanly never forget that analogy!!


Nov 26, 2018 06:03 PM #37
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

 Good morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR, what a great message, sometimes, we just want to hang onto "stuff" no matter how long it takes. The only one we're affecting is ourselves. Thank you for sharing!

Nov 27, 2018 05:33 AM #38
Marte Cliff
Marte Cliff Copywriting - Priest River, ID
Your real estate writer

That's beautiful Dorie - and oh so true. Thanks for sharing!

Nov 28, 2018 02:25 PM #39
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

What a beautiful post Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR  and so true time to be Thankful for all the good things in life and let go of the petty stuff .

Nov 30, 2018 01:08 PM #40
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