There was once a girl traveling in a bus in some city. She was enjoying the beautiful scenes from the bus window. On one stop, a lady got in with 3 shopping bags. She was very hefty, could have easily been the heavyweight champ of the city. 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. So the girl had to adjust in only half of the seat and being thin she was fine with that. The lady then checked everyone one out on the bus and at last checked the girl out who was sitting right next to her. She saw that the girl had her bags on her lap. This made the lady 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 started looking out of the window again.
All this was being observed by a man sitting behind them. He couldn’t take it anymore and asked the girl, “Can’t you say something? This lady is acting so rude to you”. The girl replied, “I get down at the next stop which is 10 min away. The Journey is too short”. She then 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. The Journey is too short. We need to learn to let go of what is not important.
At times, we have this challenge of letting things go especially in relationships. When someone gets angry, insults us or is rude or when we are cheated, we often hurt ourselves and we do sometimes take time to let go. In many cases, people hold onto things for years and years. Some take it with them to the grave. All this is baggage for the soul. The more things we hold on to, the more burdened we’ll feel. Let’s say if you are traveling somewhere, would you enjoy your travel if you always have to carry a very heavy burden on your shoulders or you’ll enjoy more if you are free of any burden?
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. We will miss out on the beautiful scenes in the drama of life. 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 also starts to seem like a struggle.
Let us choose our battles. Let us only give energy to what we need to give energy too. The Journey is too short.
Just Let go and be free.