Welcome to the first official installment of THINK ABOUT IT! I have had this post idea written down for weeks (maybe even months) and I think it is the perfect compliment to a fresh new year.
The Regret Sack
As Erwin and I were watching tv one Sunday morning, we heard Joel Osteen speak about an old folk tale. In the story (as I recall), there was an old man who had a sack on his back with a hole in it, and a sack on his chest without a hole. When he made mistakes, failed, or had regrets, he put them in the leaky sack on his back. And all of his accomplishments and positive thoughts went on the sack in the front.
As he walked, he could see all of the blessings he had in his life placed in the front sack. Meanwhile all of the negative memories fell out through the hole in the bag on his back. So not only was his load lighter as the regrets spilled to the ground behind him, but he was propelled forward with the momentum and weight of the good things in his life.
I think this is a great analogy to have for 2010 as we let go of what may not have gone well in 2009 and carry with us the lessons we’ve learned. What dissapointments have you been holding onto in your life that deserve to be put in a leaky bag?