From ‘Happiness Now’ by Robert Holden
There once was a man who went walking along a cliff edge. He strayed from the path, lost his footing, and fell over the edge. As he fell toward the deep blue sea, grabbed at a branch of thorns.
Hanging there, daring not let go, the man began to pray, ‘Is there anybody there?’
‘Yes,’ came the reply.
‘Who is it?’ asked the man.
‘Help me, God,’ prayed the man.
‘Let go and leap,’ said God.
The man thought for a moment, and then he prayed,
‘Is there anybody else there?’
The man in this story wants it both ways – he wants to cling to pain and be free! You can’t do both.
All too often we refuse to let go of fears until we can see love, but we can’t see love until we’re first willing to let go of our fears. Similarly, we won’t give up our defences until we’re safe; but we can’t be safe until we’re first willing to let go our defences. Again, we cling to our painful past until we’re sure of a bright future, but there can be no bright future until we surrender our past. We’re so reluctant to give up our suffering before we’re happy again, but happiness can’t happen until we let go of our suffering.
It is only once you’re willing to let go of your illusions that truth can unfold; it is only once you’re willing to let go of your pain that joy can take hold. It is only once you’re willing to let go of your grievances that peace will reign; it is only once you’re willing to let go of your limitations that you will be free again. Healing is a letting go.
Happiness is a great big letting go!