I do my grocery shopping every two weeks and I usually have to make 2 trips to carry all the grocery bags from the car to my townhouse. This involves walking up quite a few stairs to get to my front door.
On one of these grocery days, I didn’t feel up to making the double trip and so I waddled to the door with all the bags in each hand, and a bag of toilet paper under my arm. I teetered there for minutes, trying to open the door, not wanting to put anything down. I had the door almost open when I lost my grip, stumbled backward, and wound up on my front porch, groceries all over me!
Amazingly, we all do this, whether with groceries or paint. We do this with our love, even with our pain. It’s such a simple thing, but in a moment of ego, we refuse to put down what we carry in order to open the door.
Time and time again throughout our lives, the universe offers us the chance to truly learn this: We cannot hold on to things and enter. We must put put down what we carry, open the door, and then take up only what we need to bring inside. It is a basic human sequence: gather, prepare, put down, enter.
Even though we fail over and over again, we always have that second (and third and fourth) chance to learn how to fall, get up and laugh.
What threshold are you having trouble crossing in your life? It might be at work, at home, in a relationship, or the doorway to greater peace. Look to yourself to see if you are carrying too much to open the door. Breathe slowly and, with each out-breath, put the things you are carrying down. Breathe freely now and open the door.