Lighten the load

This fine Monday morning, as I reflect on the week just past and I plan for the one ahead, I am reminded of a favourite story of mine.  I can’t recall where I first came across it, possibly this inspiring website but what I do know, is as soon as I read it and understood its message, I felt sure that it was a keeper.

It goes 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?”

Who, or what, are you still carrying today? A short unaddressed comment made by someone that continues to play on your mind and hurt your feelings? Or perhaps something as life changing as a relationship breakdown or death of a loved one?

Whatever it is, is there a way to acknowledge it’s affect on your life and begin to lighten the load that you carry today?

I’ll leave it with you.

Maybe today is a good day to put down your backpack of life and decide which items you no longer need for your onward journey. Maybe it’s not. Either way, I hope that this story shares the same magic for you as it does for me.

Love Lindsey xxx

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