There was this girl traveling on a bus enjoying the beautiful scenes she could see from the window. On one stop, a very hefty lady got in with 3 huge shopping bags. She scanned the whole bus and decided to sit right next to this girl. She sat with great force taking 1 1/2 seat and while she sat her bags swung onto the girl. The girl had to adjust in only half of the remaining seat and being thin she was fine with that. The lady then checked everyone out on the bus and at last checked the girl who was sitting right next to her. Seeing her bags on the girl’s lap made her furious and she pulled those bags away from her and screamed, “Are you trying to take my stuff!”. The girl just gave the bags away with a smile and didn’t say anything and again started looking out of the window.
All this was being observed by a man sitting right behind them. He couldn’t take it anymore and asked the girl, “Can’t you say something? This lady is so rude to you”. The girl replied, “I get down at the next stop which is 10 min away. The Journey is too short”. And then she started enjoying the scenes outside again.
In life, many times we often give more energy to things that we shouldn’t be giving our energy to. We need to choose our battles. We need to learn to let go of that which is not important.
At times, we find letting go quite challenging and we hold on to and get affected by the life situation or our past memories: when someone gets angry; insults us or is rude to us; when we are cheated; in case of any failure or a setback, we often hurt ourselves and we do take time to let go. In many cases, people hold onto things for years, and some even taking it with them to the grave. All this is baggage for the soul and more the baggage we hold on to, more burdened we’ll feel. Let’s say if you are traveling somewhere, would you enjoy your travel carrying a heavy burden or would you rather travel light?
Of course, we would like to travel light. In the same way, in our journey, if we hold onto things and move along our life with this baggage then we wouldn’t be able to enjoy life as much as we could have. We will miss out on enjoying the beautiful scenes unfolding in front of us. We will miss appreciating the sheer beauty which is visible all around us because our intellects will be pulled by this baggage and it won’t allow us to stay in the present moment. It is then life feels like a struggle.
Let us choose our battles. Let us only give energy to what we need to give energy to. The Journey is too short.
Just Let go and be free.