Tired of Clinging

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Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all - young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.

Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks at the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.

But one creature said at last, 'I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.'

The other creatures laughed and said, 'Fool! Let go, and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed across the rocks, and you shall die quicker than boredom!'

But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.

Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.

And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, 'See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!'

And the one carried in the current said, 'I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.'

But they cried the more, 'Saviour!' all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a Saviour.

-- Richard Bach, from "Illusions"

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    On May 6, 2021 Jedidah Mukui wrote:
    we might have been committed into something and with time of struggle or along the way we start giving us. thus the point where God lifts us up, our motivation and commitment is restored back back.

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    On Sep 19, 2020 Scott Jeffrey wrote:
    This passage spoke volumes to me when I was unhappy at work. I felt not contributing to the world, and this caused me to feel good about going back (at 33) for a Ph.D.

    I am feeling this again at 56 and this passage still speaks to me.

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    On May 8, 2020 Pamela Diesel wrote:
    Trust in the Lord to let go and grow, to go on a journey to find yourself or step out of your comfort zone and do the works of Jesus Christ

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    On Aug 31, 2008 supun wrote:
    here's an interesting mathematical way of looking at this...
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    You can think of mysterious phenomena that are interdependant with time and think about how your brain may work to connect and project it. Some people might try to think about how non-existant gods that know all all-times, might look at us and might try to communicate with us. That might drive someone like me "bonkers". So, I'd advise to just think of this as an experiment with dimensions (aspects) and perspective and how we logically can deal with making a model (perception) of how independent ways can be captured at some level and thought of as interdependant.

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    On Jul 11, 2008 Dhara wrote:
    This reminds me to not cling on to the past or future and remain in the present and just go with the flow of life.

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    On Jul 10, 2008 Vishal wrote:
    Once you get separated from cliging and start to enojoy the flow, you will sooner or later realise that you are blown away too far, then you also should have courage to to go against the flow (odds) and be with others who need you.

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    On Jul 8, 2008 Dirk Schrauwen wrote:
    This is beautiful, and to be honest because it's by the same author: it reminds me of Jonathan Livingston Seagull...

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    On Jul 8, 2008 kaye wrote:
    This is the biggie I tend to forget the most !

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    On Jul 8, 2008 betty wrote:
    thought this was a great reflection

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