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New Year’s Inspiration: Don’t pick up!
A teacher points to a big boulder and asks, “See that large rock over there?”
“Yes,” says the student.
“Do you think it’s heavy?”
“Yes, it’s very heavy!” replies the student.
“Well, it’s not heavy if you don’t pick it up!” says the teacher.
Every day we have the option to pick up the “heavy rocks” in our life. Many times we may not even realize that we’re carrying heavy stuff around. Often I hear parents and students talk about how “hard” something feels, whether it’s going into a new class, meeting new people, or trying new activities.
What I usually suggest is that those things are only as hard as we think they may be—or as hard as we make them. Just like with huge rocks, instead of being weighed down by our “boulders,” we can sit on them, stand on top of them, play games around them—or simply ignore them and walk on by!
We can even go around the other side of the boulder to see what it looks like from a different perspective, from a different point of view, a different context – but if we are not trying to carry it, it’s no longer heavy.
I do this myself. Today, it’s computer problems that I’m daunted by and usually make VERY heavy! But this year, my resolution is to “carry less heavy”—to make a conscious choice to let things go and not to think them into being heavier than they need be.
Next time you see me fretting about this or that, feel free to remind me: don’t pick it up!
To the best of all, for all, in 2018—xo MGAL. To light, to lightness!