Is there something you're holding onto so tightly that you either can't enjoy it or you can't even feel the emotions surrounding it?
all heard the saying: "If you love something, let it go. If it comes
back to you, it's yours forever. If it doesn't, then it was never meant
to be." And often that saying is illustrated with a butterfly. That
reminds me of a story I heard of a boy holding onto a beautiful
butterfly that landed in his open palm—but he closed his hand so he
could hang onto it. The problem was: When his hand was closed tightly,
he couldn't enjoy seeing the beautiful creature. When he realized this
and opened his hand, he enjoyed the sight of the beautiful butterfly
fluttering off to the flowers.
Thinking of this
again today makes me examine my life to see what I'm holding onto so
tightly. Sometimes it's people I love. Sometimes it could be objects in
my life that I'm not ready to shed yet. Still other times, I'm holding
onto fears so tightly that I'm not even able to take a look at them and
But when I do open my tightly fisted hand to
examine those fears and call them by what they are, suddenly they don't
loom so large anymore. And when I open that hand and loosen my grip on
people and things I love, often they're still there but in a new and
more open way.
Today is a good time for me to see what I'm gripping too tightly. How about you?