There are so many things that we hold onto unnecessarily; whether a mean word, a lost opportunity, or a failed or uncompleted goal. These things become weights that fill our space, constantly burdening us. But why hold on?
This Buddhist story really helped me to put this concept into perspective:
Two traveling monks reached a river where they met a young woman.
Wary of the current, she asked if they could carry her across.
One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up onto his shoulders, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other bank. She thanked him and departed.
As the monks continued on their way, the one was brooding and preoccupied. Unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “Brother, our spiritual training teaches us to avoid
any contact with women, but you picked that one up on your shoulders and carried
“Brother,” the second monk replied, “I set her down on the other side, while you are
still carrying her.”
Why don’t we choose to let just one thing go today because I think you will be surprised what positive and uplifting things will fill that space.
I have found that the best gift you can give yourself is one of freedom. Let that balloon fly!