A few weeks ago I went to a yoga class and at the end of class the teacher read us this story. Usually I don’t really pay attention to stories/poems after class because I like to zone out, but this story was just what I needed to hear that day. I continued to think about the story all week…and actually I’m still thinking about it three weeks later.
It’s so great I just can’t help but share it. I hope you enjoy it!
Are Your Potatoes Heavy?
A teacher once told each of her students to bring a clear plastic bag and a sack of potatoes to school. For every person they refused to forgive in their life, the students had to choose a potato, write a name and date on it, and put the potato in the plastic bag. Some of their bags were quite heavy. They were then told to carry this bag with them everywhere for one week, putting it beside their bed at night, on the car seat when driving, next to their desk at school. The hassle of lugging this around with them made it clear what a weight they were carrying spiritually, and how they had to pay attention all the time so they wouldn’t leave the bag in embarrassing places. Naturally the potatoes deteriorated to a nasty smelly slime.
This is a great metaphor for the price we pay for holding on to our pain and heavy negativity. To often we think of forgiveness as a gift to the other person and it clearly is a gift to ourselves.
Do you love that or what? Here is another little morsel to think about:
If you are irritated by every rub, how will you ever be polished?
And if inspirational stories don’t uplift your spirit, maybe this will:
Can you guess what this is a picture of?
If you guessed a PUG NOSE you are correct! Haha!
Have a great rest of the week, I have recipes and stories I PROMISE!!