It’s the kind of advice people hate the most, myself included, but often it’s also the only thing we can do in any given situation. When we find ourselves confounded by life, whatever idea, notion, belief or concept it is that’s holding us back, the best thing you can do about it is to just let it go.
And that’s not easy (just ask Sheldon). Human beings like to solve things. It’s what we do. It’s how we’ve ended up the most dominant species on the planet. And we have a hard time coming to terms with the idea that some problems cannot be solved, and the only real solution is for us to change our way of thinking.
But what happens if we stick to our guns, and insist that we’re right and everyone else is wrong? Well, without a viable solution, and unable to let go of whatever problem/past/preconception that plagues us, we end up like the greedy monkey, our clenched fist down a metaphysical hole clutching our personal ‘banana’, desperately trying to escape but ultimately going nowhere. We become more and more frustrated, unable to understand why the hand that went down the hole is unable to come back out again.
Until we free our minds, open up, and just let go, we’ll never move on from whatever it is that’s holding us back. For me that’s one of the greatest challenges, to just let go of my ideas and to accept that maybe I’m wrong (God forbid!), and maybe there’s another way.
The world is full of ideas, and it’s up to us to decide which are of use, which are a distraction, and (worst of all) which are ‘monkey traps‘, only there to confuse and frustrate us but actually contributing nothing to our liberation.
**NB: Please do click the links embedded above. They really help clarify what I’m waffling on about. 🙂 **