Can you be a bit of a dog with a bone sometimes???? Do you find it hard to let go of an issue or problem??? Do you find yourselves thinking about a past issue and going over and over it in your mind a bit too much??? I know I can definitely be guilty of this one. I read something once that made me realize that I should really try to “Let Go” of past stuff and move on. I thought I might share this story with you and hope it helps…..(I will improvise the story as I don’t remember it word for word):
There were 2 buddhist monks walking on a long journey to the nearest town. They had been walking for days when they got to a river crossing. At this time of year the crossing was normally very easy to cross as the water only trickled through. The day that they had arrived at the river, it was flowing fast and waist-high. They knew that they had to cross as they had to get to the other side. Just as they were about to cross a lady with a baby approached them and asked for help. She too, had to get to the other side but was very scared that she might drop her sick baby or fall in the river. She was desperate to get to the other side to get her sick baby to the Doctor. The Buddhist monks were not allowed to touch a women and one of the monks insisted that they could not help as it was against their religion, the older of the monks could see the fear in the mother’s eyes and agreed to help. Together they carried her and her baby over the river and she was most grateful. A day later the younger monk spoke up worryingly, “We should not have touched that woman, it is against our religion” The older monk simply replied “Are you still carrying that woman, I put her down at the other side of the river, and that is where we leave it” I loved this message. Some things we just have to let go of, especially things in the past that can not be changed. Going over and over them in our mind will never resolve the issue, it just makes us stress and open up old wounds. I think that this quote says it all…….. “You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.” Jan Glidewell
What things do you do to “let go of the bone”? Can you pass on some tips to share??