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LETTING GO OF THE PAST

ARE YOU HOLDING ON TO THE PAST? HAS IT BECOME PAINFUL?

I remember as a child walking to the top of this huge mountain with my Dad and our dog.

It was freezing, the wind lashed off my tiny beardless face, I was an overly tall lad so my shoes didn't quite fit and had cut and blistered my feet about 3 minutes into the journey.

We climbed and climbed and reached the peak, It was beautiful, I felt a huge sense of accomplishment. My legs felt like they might buckle but I was so proud. I wanted a souvenir so I grabbed any cool looking stone and rammed them in my pockets.

They made the journey down so much more difficult, they weighed me down! I lost balance and slipped and slid but I made it.

A man who worked at the park came over when I reached the bottom, and said “Sorry sir you can’t take these stones, park policy, can you please empty your pockets”

I went through all of this pain and effort! I didn’t want to let them go. Reluctantly I emptied my pockets.

“That is great mate, but you need to get rid of all of them”

I had more hidden deep in my bag, in my socks where no one would find them. Rats. I sadly pulled out every last one onto the ground.

I felt lighter, I moved easier. I always have the memory of my journey, I just no longer need to carry it with me.


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