May 31, 2022
“Some of us think holding on makes us strong, but sometimes it is letting go.”
It seems that many of us are so stuck in our pasts that we are missing what the future offers. I, like most folks have fond memories that I hope I never lose but I do not want being so locked in the past that I am kept from making most of the days ahead. So like the birds in the following story sometimes we need to let go.
In exactly the same way that birds have to find the courage to let go of a branch in order to actually fly, we must also let go of our emotional branches if we are to experience the exhilaration of soaring to our highest potential in life!
The branches we hold on to are our innermost attachments: our beliefs, our bad habits and those memories which keep us stuck. And then there are the outer attachments: they are people, possessions, positions and privileges – to name but a few. We must be aware that as long as we hold onto them, we will actually live in fear (of letting go and loss) and we will never feel the freedom that we all deserve. Once you become aware of those birds and the initial courage they display when they let go of their branches just prior to flying, you will be capable of experiencing life in a totally different way.
This can be your new recipe of how to live a life where you learn to let go of one branch at a time, and learn to have new experiences, one at a time. The birds have found that by letting go of one branch, they are then able to spend the rest of their lives trying many other branches, one branch at a time, and they can enjoy the view from each new vantage point. What a way to live!
Are you actually flying and soaring in your life, or are you stuck on one branch, resenting others as they fly past? You can do it, go on, just try letting go!
Remember this – not letting go of old stuff is the same as driving through life with a flat tyre on our cars; not stopping to change it; hoping that it will fix itself; pretending that the ride is smooth; knowing that it isn’t; until one day it gets so loud and bumpy that we are forced to stop and take a look, and actually get help!
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.”
- On the grave of Ezekial Aikle in East Dalhousie Cemetery, Nova Scotia:
Here lies Ezekial Aikle, Age 102. The Good Die Young.
- In a Uniontown, Pennsylvania, cemetery:
Here lies the body of Jonathan Blake. Stepped on the gas Instead of the brake.
- In a Silver City, Nevada, cemetery:
Here lays The Kid. We planted him raw. He was quick on the trigger But slow on the draw.
- In a Ribbesford, England, cemetery:
Anna Wallace: The children of Israel wanted bread, and the Lord sent them manna. Old clerk Wallace wanted a wife, And the Devil sent him Anna.
If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.
The man was in no shape to drive, so he wisely left his car parked and walked home. As he was walking unsteadily along, he was stopped by a policeman.
“What are you doing out here at 2 A.M.?” asked the officer.
“I’m going to a lecture.”
“And who is going to give a lecture at this hour?” the cop asked.
“Work to become, not to acquire.”
Then there’s the story of the woman who called up the fire department and said, “Look, I’ve just had a new rock garden built and I’ve just planted some new roses, and..”
The fireman said, “Where’s the fire?”
She said, “I’ve just spent a lot of money having my lawn mowed and my hedges clipped. Some of my new plants are very expensive…”
He said, “Look, lady, you don’t want the fire department, you want a flower shop.”
She said, “No, I don’t. The house next door is on fire, and I don’t want you clumsy firemen stamping all over my garden when you come over.”
NASA reports that galaxies are speeding away from earth at 90,000 miles a second. What do you suppose they know that we don’t?
Morris and Sidney were discussing the prospects of “looming” retirement. While Sidney had lots of hobbies, the poor Morris had none, and was rather concerned about being set loose with nothing to do.
Sidney suggested his friend go visit his kids. Morris said, “Well, I only have two kids, but I could buy a motor home and go visit my brothers and sisters a couple of weeks each. That would take about a year.”
Sidney looked a bit puzzled, so his friend said, “I’m one of eighteen kids in my family.”
Sidney’s eyes got rather large, contemplating eighteen children, so Morris volunteered to explain.
“The problem was, my mother was hard of hearing.”
Smile. “My Mom & Dad would go to bed at night, and my Dad would ask, ‘Do you want to go to sleep, or what?’ and my Mom would say, `What?'”
Snowflakes are one of nature’s most fragile things, but just look what they can do when they stick together.
After her son fell into the pond yet again and came home with his good school clothes dripping wet, the exasperated mother sent him to his room and washed and dried his clothes.
A little later, she heard a commotion in the back yard and called out “Are you out there wetting your pants again!?”
There was dead silence for a moment. Then a deep, masculine voice answered meekly, “No, ma’am, I’m just reading the meter.”
“One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.”
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