In a village, there were two monks on a pilgrimage, and they come across a young girl with a long kimono trying to cross a very muddy road, but did not dare step into the mud. Listening to the woman’s fears, one of the monks decided to pick her up and carry her across the path. The monks continue to walk in silence for another few hours.
One monk says to the other who carried the girl, “Oh, you know, we are prohibited from any contact with women. You shouldn’t have picked up that girl to carry across the way. Wait until the abbot hears of this.” The other monk smiles and says, “Brother, are you still carrying that girl? I put her down hours ago.”
Many of us carry things with us far longer than is necessary. We need to let it go. Don’t you think?