Flying seems like it should be a rather simple feat. One should merely spread one’s wings, flap them vigorously, and off you go.
We make all sorts of excuses as to why we cannot fly. We forget excuses are nothing short of our fears being vocalized.
Think about it:
I’m too heavy! Okay, perhaps you might be carrying more than you should…learn to let go of what’s holding you down! You see, we are hoarders of the unnecessary. We hold on to things far longer than they should be held on to, simply because holding on to them brings a sense of comfort to us.
Take GRUDGES for example. We carry these mountains around with us for years and YEARS! Even beyond the point where we can no longer remember what it was that pissed us off in the first place. Oh we might say we have “let it go” but the truth is we have only taken them from our shoulders to our backpacks. It’s as if we are actually afraid of trying to exist without them. We might forget that we have a grudge against someone and, *gasp*, talk to them! Perhaps even befriend them.
How about our PREJUDICES? Whether consciously, subconsciously or unconsciously we have prejudices that must be CONSCIOUSLY dealt with. I am a Protestant Christian, and for years I was prejudiced against any group that thought differently than I. Then I took the chance to talk with people who do believe differently than I do, and we have a mutual respect that I won’t try to change their way of believing and they won’t try to change mine. Some of the nicest people I have met do not believe as I believe. Yet we wear the armor of prejudices to protect ourselves from having our beliefs challenged, and in so doing, that armor weighs us down!
I will admit that I am still prejudiced toward people who bring their children into a quiet coffee shop to run rampantly wild, disrupting the force, and generally annoying the patrons. While their little demons gallivant about upturning chairs, plowing into other customers knocking over their coffee, screaming like banshees, these thoughtful parents/guardians/caretakers find a place to hide.
We cling to hatred, misconceptions, anger, hurt (real and imagined) like a drowning person clings to anything that floats. Learning to let go isn’t easy and it takes conscious effort. But when we are able to let these heavy weights go, we begin to realize that we are not just floating, we are flying.
Another great thing about flying…you don’t have to have a destination! You can fly just to change how you see the world around you!