On Wednesday this week, my friend Gary Verity shared this story with me and I felt compelled to share the message with you too…
One day while enjoying the great outdoors, Sam witnessed an eagle as it swooped down suddenly and then immediately rose into the sky with an unsuspecting prey in its talons. Suddenly, the eagle fell from the sky, thrashing about as it sped toward the ground. Curious about what he had seen, Sam hiked to the spot where the eagle had landed. Coming upon the scene, he discovered the eagle dead, with its chest ripped open. Locked in his talons was a weasel that decided to fight back. Using its sharp claws the weasel attacked its captor. Both fell to their death.
In commenting about the scene, Sam said “Stupid eagle. Why didn’t it just let go of the weasel?” In response to Sam’s account, my friend said to him, “Sam, you are the eagle.” Sam had been struggling for many months with bitterness over a family break-up. The story served as a riveting reminder of the foolishness of holding on to disappointment, conflict and anger. For many, holiday celebrations are convoluted by conflict, poisoned by past hurts, and ruined by unresolved regret.
Today I am wishing you a very Merry Christmas full of laughter, joy, letting go, moving on and living in the moment.
BIG HUGS and Merry HO HO HO!