Letting Go Is As Difficult As Easy

There were two monks walking through the forest. When they reached the river, they saw a lady who needed help to cross the river. Having made a vow to chastity that forbade him to touch a woman, the younger monk ignored the woman and crossed the river. The older monk carried the lady across.

This shocked the young monk but he kept quiet. As they continued their journey, the young monk burst out, “Don’t you feel unclean carrying the woman. Did the vow hold no meaning to you!”

The old monk replied this calmly, “Why should I feel unclean? I’ve left the lady by the river. And you are still carrying her.”

The story above depicts a quality I’m in need of. To let go, instead of carrying the burden. To live in the moment instead of worrying and stressing.

Logen L.