The following is an excerpt from “Illusions” by Richard Bach:
Once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river. The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil – the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom. For clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current was what each had learned from birth.
But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the current knows where it is going. I shall let go and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.”
The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go and that current you worship will throw you tumbled and smashed against the rocks, and you will die quicker than boredom!”
But the one heeded them not and taking a last breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.
Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the current lifted him free from the bottom and he was bruised and hurt no more.
And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See, a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the messiah, come to save us all!”
And the one carried in the current said, “I am no more messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure.”
But they cried the more, “Savior!” all the while clinging to the rocks. And when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making legends of a savior.
In our little worlds, do we hold on and fight the current or do we let go and trust that the current knows where to take us? We look at those with free spirits or boundless determination as being different or special. But really, they are just like us. The only difference is they are willing to let go and ride with the current instead of clinging to what they know is safe.
We stay in one place because it’s safe – it’s known – and we believe we are the ones in control. But are we really? Or is just an illusion that hides the truth?
I admit, I tend to stay in one spot and resist the current. But I am determined to have the courage to let go! I want to fly! If only….