The Weight of the Worries

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
Siddhartha is worried as he can't find the reason why Archana has been upset for some time. Even on asking her, he couldn't get a convincing answer. Actually, they had a tiff about a trivial matter a couple of days ago. He thinks that may be the reason for her being upset. But the reason is altogether different.

Submitted: August 21, 2019

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Siddhartha has a tiff with Archana on an insignificant matter a couple of days ago. She has been upset for some time. He can’t understand why she is so upset, though he has tried to find out a few times. He doesn’t think that the tiff can be the reason. He can’t stand his love to be upset for any reason, especially when it’s because of him.

He has been feeling out of sorts because he couldn’t get a good sleep since the time Archana has been upset. It has been nagging him why Archana is so upset. But he is sure he won’t let her be upset longer and will persuade her tell the reason.

Today, Siddhartha doesn’t forget to attend the psychology class since it is his one of his favorite subjects. 

The professor of psychology enters the class room, holding a glass full of water. He keeps it on the table in front and asks the students, “Can anyone tell what its exact weight is?”

The students give different answers, making guesses of 200 Gms, 300 Gms or 400 Gms and so on and so forth.

But the professor tells them, “I won’t know its exact weight unless I weigh it. Ok, I will ask you another question that is more relevant to what I want to say than the weight of the glass.”

He asks, “If I hold the glass in hand for a little while, keeping the arm straight in front, what will happen to the arm?”

All reply in unison, “Nothing!”

“Ok, if I keep holding it for an hour, what will happen?” asks the professor.

"Your arm will start paining,” replies a student.

“That’s right. If I keep holding it for a whole day, what will happen?” again asks the professor.

“Your arm will start paining more; it may become numb due to muscle pain and you may have to see a doctor,” replies a student. All others laugh at the answer.

“Ok, tell me if the weight of the glass has been increased,” he asks.

“No,” all reply in unison.

“Even though the weight of the glass hasn’t been increased, the arm starts paining,” he continues.

He asks again, “What will you do to relieve the pain?”

“Keep the glass down on the table,” replies a student.

“Absolutely right, we all have so many problems in life. If we lift the weight of our problems by worrying for a little while, nothing will happen. If we keep worrying longer, it will hurt us and if we keep worrying much longer, it will make us sick and we may have to see a doctor. Instead of worrying about the problems, we should think about their solutions,” elaborated the professor.

After the class, his mood uplifts. Siddhartha resolves that he will find out why his love has been upset instead of worrying over her being upset. Now he feels confident that he would to able to persuade her to tell the reason being upset.

They both meet in the same evening over a dinner in a restaurant. While chitchatting, Siddhartha asks her pleadingly, "Why have you been very upset these days?"

As soon as he asks her, she starts sobbing. After a while, when she calms down a bit, she tells, "My cousin sister, who was my very good friend since childhood, has recently died in a road accident. That’s why I was very upset."

Siddhartha feels sorry for her and tries his best to console her. Siddhartha suggests she should visit the family of her cousin sister to offer condolences and this will also help her get over her unhappiness. She can’t ignore his suggestions because as usual they are practical and useful.

 


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