I wonder what is on your mind right now?
Does it concern what is happening today? What are you thinking about and worrying about, most of the time?
I caught myself today thinking, let’s say, rather creatively….and it reminded me of a story.
I heard this story many, many years ago. It has stayed with me. I have thought of it many times and told it many times.
Far, far way there were two priests who went on a long walk that lasted many days. They were walking through a forest when they came upon a wide river. On the banks of the river, there stood a young woman. She told them that she needed to cross the river but that she was frightened that she would be swept away by the current. She asked for their help.
The older of the two priests immediately lifted the woman up into his arms and crossed with her to the other side.
The younger priest followed. He was astounded by what had just happened. He thought to himself, ‘we’re not allowed think about women, talk about women and certainly not touch women and yet my older brother lifted her and carried her across the river’. He couldn’t believe it, he didn’t understand it. But he did not say a word.
The two priests kept on walking in silence. The younger priest could not stop thinking about what had just happened.
Finally, after many hours had passed, the younger priest turned to the older man and said, “Please, tell me, how is it that you did what you did? We are not allowed touch women and yet without any hesitation you carried her across the river.” The older priest replied, “Yes, I picked her up, I carried her across the river and I put her down…You, my son, are still carrying her”.
What are you carrying that perhaps you should have put down?© Copyright 2012 Lisa Bloom