Some words and a story
After a hard day that was meant to change Papion’s life, he didn’t tell the butterfly a thing about what had happened, but asked her:
-Airam, how can I change myself, when I’m so afraid of losing what I have? How can I express myself to the others when they don’t understand me?
-Let’s take your questions one at a time, starting with the fear of losing. If you’re really satisfied with your life, there’s nothing to change.
You should go ahead with what are you doing!
If, however, you are dissatisfied with what you have and you want to change something, how can you be afraid to lose something you don’t like? So rather than assume certain risks, you prefer to accept a life of discontent?!?
As for the fear of losing, let’s imagine a thirsty man in the desert.
He carries a water container that’s so rotten that the interior walls are filmed with greenish bacteria. Outside it has been raining for some time. Just sitting with his mouth open, he fails to swallow enough water to quench his thirst. Because of his fear of running out of the water he carries, he refuses to spill it and he keeps the lid closed. During this time he wishes for a cup of clean water so much, and he keeps hoping that one will show up… but nothing. Instead, he keeps his mouth open, allowing the raindrops to enter, but he doesn’t manage to appease his thirst.
If he wants fate to smile at him, wouldn’t it be better to understand that it is unlikely for a clean cup of water to appear out of nowhere? Wouldn’t it be easier to empty the one he is carrying, rinse it clean, and let the rain fill it? asked the beautiful lady butterfly.
-Yes, of course, he’d do that, the last fool would do that! No one would hold the lid closed, keeping water that doesn’t serve them anymore, Papion answered. -You know, the one who is afraid that the rain might stop, the one who doesn’t know how long the rain in the desert lasts, the one who doesn’t understand that at that moment the rain is his salvation wouldn’t give up the water in his container! -Okay… but I was talking about life in general.
-And I tell you: Your life is like a container, and you are not satisfied with the contents!! You need to open the lid—that is, to open your mind and remove from your life everything that harms you, and make room for everything you want! You see, we’ve got the wrong idea about what it means to give up. We don’t understand that when we take responsibility for giving something up, we’re just making space for better things that life can offer us!
-And if one aims too high? If his aspirations are really high?
-It doesn’t matter how high you aim, it matters that you understand that in order to succeed, you need lots of practice!! Only if you continue to improve yourself will you succeed! But you need to keep trying until the day you make it!
-All right, but how about waiting for a time when you’re more prepared?
-The best moment to do something with your life is NOW!!! You can’t just sit around and wait for things to change. Inaction is the worst thing for someone who is not satisfied with his life!
I recently received a box with a Tibetan talisman from a dear friend. An image of Buddha and a lotus flower were painted on the box, along with this statement: “ There is nothing more constant in life than change.”
Dear Papion, I really think that life is constantly changing and it all depends on your choices. After all, everything is a choice!
In this moment, you choose to listen to me or not.
You choose whether to act or not!
So remember: Don’t believe everything will remain the same if you do nothing; on the contrary, life goes on! It’s up to you to determine whether your life will be as you wish, or if you will live forever with emptiness because you won’t consider your feelings, your dreams, and what you can become.
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