On Mental Baggage & Letting Go

In India there are many old buildings with equally old and somewhat precarious elevators (“lifts”). Once, an elevator opened onto a busy lobby and was quickly flooded with people. The lift doors closed, buttons were pressed and… nothing! The lift was overloaded and would not budge. The people looked around as no one wished to disembark. Soon their attention came to rest upon a very big fellow among them. He was made to understand their point and stepped out of the lift. Again the doors closed, buttons were pressed and… nothing! Next to step out was a tiny old lady, whose weight was mostly her hair and jewelry. Again the doors closed, buttons were pressed and… the lift went shooting upward.  Now, standing next to each other in the lobby, the big fellow was staring at the tiny old lady with astonishment. The small lady, sensing his confusion turned to him and politely volunteered, “Oh! I had a lot on my mind.”

Bill in Japan

Mental baggage serves no purpose but to weigh us down and slow us down. When living in the same place for a long time, without knowing it we collect so much stuff. Likewise, through life we accumulate more mental baggage as we go. Most of it is absolutely unnecessary  but we’ve been carrying it for so long that we become accustomed to the weight. Like our closets and storage places, we need to do a little mental clean-up from time to time. Discard all those bags filled with old hurts, grudges, jealousies and fears; let it go. The journey is difficult enough as it is, don’t weigh yourself down. Let go and be free.


3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nisha
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 10:48:34

    Hey Sacha! Very good post. I definitely agree with its wisdom. Hope all is well with you.


  2. georgia kokotsis
    Sep 04, 2013 @ 16:08:54

    Wow! I loved this! Can I “share” it on facebook? How are you doing, my friend?


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