If I asked you to hold your hand out and placed an egg in your palm, how long do you think you could hold it before you would start to feel pain in your hand and arm? A few seconds, a minute, an hour, all day?
You could probably hold it for a few minutes before your hand and arm started to hurt and feel numb, but you would not likely be able to hold it all day or even for an hour.
Now, an egg is certainly not heavy, so why would you feel more pain the longer you held it in your hand? It doesn’t get any heavier just because you hold it longer.
How could you avoid having pain? The answer is easy. Just let the egg go back in the tray.
What is the life lesson that we can learn from the egg? The egg represents our problems. If we hold on to our problems for just a short period of time and then let them go, we don’t feel much pain. However, the longer we hold on to our problems, the more pain we have. If we continue to hold on to our problems day after day, we can become paralyzed with pain and we will stay stuck in one place.
We have to learn to let go of our problems as quickly as possible so we can continue to move ahead in life. How can we do this? Here are some ideas:
- admit that you have a problem
- understand that this problem is causing you pain
- be willing to feel your pain
- take action to resolve the problem if this is possible
- work on overcoming your fears
- talk to someone you can trust
- believe in a higher power whom you can release your problem to
Try not to continue hanging on to your problems. They are hurting you and causing unnecessary pain and stress. Write down your problems and really look at them. Are they worth carrying with you throughout life?
More relationships are destroyed by holding onto problems that are not even worth the time and effort we spend on them. Every day has new situations that need to be faced and we should be ready to deal with these instead of dragging around old problems. At the end of each day, take action to resolve any problems that have come up and start each day fresh with no added stress from the past.