In light of the recent snowstorms (“Fall”, my butt!) inclement weather and just general mayhem around the old homestead…
I’m reminded that no matter the size of the project, sometimes you just have to “let go and roll with the punches”;
Since I’m finding myself feeling like a monk journeying toward a remote mountain monastery, here’s a story I’ll share;
Two traveling Zen monks were traveling through the mountains, eager to rejoin their brothers in the warmth of a monastery. Along the way, they reached a river where they met a young woman who was frightened by the waters flowing downstream. Wary of the current, she asked the monks if they could carry her across. One of the monks hesitated, but the other quickly picked her up, put her onto his shoulders, transported her across the water and put her down on the other bank.
When they were safely on the other side of the river, the woman thanked him, gifted him with some fruit from her pack, blessed him for his generosity and then quickly departed.
As the monks continued on their way, while the helpful one was cheerful, the other monk was brooding and preoccupied. Unable to hold his silence any longer, he spoke out;
“Brother, what have you done? Our spiritual training teaches us to avoid any contact with women! Despite that, you picked that woman up on your shoulders and carried her across the river! What were you thinking?”
“Brother,” the second monk replied,”There is no dishonor in bringing aid to those in need. While I set her down on the other side, it’s clear that you are still carrying her.”
Despite the trials, despite the obstacles, despite the weather… sometimes, you just gotta do the best you can and then… let go.
Have a great weekend!