Old Year’s Resolution

As 2009 winds down, many people are starting to think about making New Year’s resolutions. This year, we decided to live in the moment, and make “Old Year’s Resolutions”; things we want to do before the year is over.  On that note, we would like to share a story from within a story, excerpted from one of our favorite children’s books entitledZen Shorts” by Jon J. Muth. In this book, Stillwater the panda shares his ancient Chinese tales with 3 young siblings he has befriended. Each one is thought provoking and inspirational.

A Heavy Load

Two traveling monks reached a town where there was a young woman waiting to step out of her sedan chair. The rains had made deep puddles and she couldn’t step across without spoiling her silken robes. She stood there, looking very cross and impatient. She was scolding her attendants. They had nowhere to place the packages they held for her, so they couldn’t help her across the puddle.

The younger monk noticed the woman, said nothing and walked by. The older monk quickly picked her up and put her on his back, transported her across the water, and put her down on the other side. She didn’t thank the older monk; she just shoved him out of the way and departed.

As they continued on their way, the young monk was brooding and preoccupied. After several hours, unable to hold his silence, he spoke out. “That woman back there was very selfish and rude, but you picked her up on your back and carried her! Then she didn’t even thank you!”

“I set the woman down hours ago” the older monk replied. “Why are you still carrying her?”

Sometimes people hurt us so deeply, that is hard to forgive and forget.  As this year comes to a close, we are committed to finally putting down the burden of carrying that grief with us. We are looking forward to entering the next decade, freer and lighter, as we put the past behind us, and embark on a positive future.
Won’t you join us?

Happy Old Year!

indigo jones

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One Response to “Old Year’s Resolution”

  1. V Says:

    That story has been our favorite ever since We’ve had that book, and it comes up a lot when we are talking about how to handle things that come up at school with peers… it’s one of the best books we own. thanks for sharing it with everyone.

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