I have this rule where if I write a post, I want it to be worth five minutes of the reader’s time. If it’s not, then I won’t post it. There’s an anecdote that I think about frequently in my daily life, and I haven’t shared it yet with you all on the blog… so here we go.
There are a lot of things that we carry around with us, as we venture into this crazy thing called life. And I’m not talking about the things swimming around inside your Kate Spade bag, but actual important things that you carry with you.
One of my favorite allegories starts like this…
A senior monk and a junior monk were traveling together. At one point, they came to a river with a strong current. As the monks were preparing to cross the river, they saw a very young and beautiful woman also attempting to cross. The young woman asked if they could help her cross to the other side.
The two monks glanced at one another because they had taken vows not to touch a woman.
Then, without a word, the older monk picked up the woman, carried her across the river, placed her gently on the other side, and carried on his
The younger monk couldn’t believe what had just happened. After rejoining his companion, he was speechless, and an hour passed without a word between them.
Two more hours passed, then three, finally the younger monk could contain himself any longer, and blurted out “As monks, we are not permitted a woman, how could you then carry that woman on your shoulders?”
The older monk looked at him and replied, “Brother, I set her down on the other side of the river, why are you still carrying her?”
There are some things that I happily carry around with me, like the fact that I have a loving family that cares about me, and that my career is a culmination of all of the hard work I’ve done. There’s some things that I remind myself of frequently as I go about my day, as these things are precious and worth carrying with me. I remind myself that every action we do should be impactful and to always be kind to others.
But there are also some things I carry with me that I shouldn’t. I remind myself of past experiences and unpleasant people that I’ve encountered. And even though it’s easy to let it effect you, I’ve learned that it’s way better to leave things in the past and to let things go.
There’s just some things that you need to leave behind.
“If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”
What is your favorite anecdote? What’s a story with a moral that resonates with you?