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How many of us are ready to forget our past mistakes and failures? How many of us are actually willing to ‘let it go’?  Many a times, we face ups and downs. Mostly, when we fall down, we get back up and give it another shot. But sometimes, it’s just not meant to be. Maybe it isn’t in our stars.

So what do we do when we don’t get what we want? Blame people? Curse circumstances? Cry it out? These might be temporary solutions. In the end, we just have long-lasting regret haunting us. “Maybe if I had studied more, I would have gotten better marks and a better college.” “Maybe if I had tried harder, I would have cracked that exam.” “Maybe if I had told the truth, she wouldn’t have left me.” Life is filled with so many ‘maybes’, but are they really worth our remorse? I believe that we are who we are today because of all our past successes as well as mistakes. I don’t think anyone should (even if they can) go back in time to correct their mistakes because that would alter their identity. Making mistakes is human. Realizing and rectifying them is justified. But wishing that they never happened and clinging to them? Not worth it. We must learn to move on. It is important to let the past go and only hold on to the lessons. We should let go of the rope of regret, so that we can live and flourish.

I once read a beautiful story about a man who wanted to climb the highest mountain in the world. After many years of preparation, he decided to give it a go. He wanted to achieve that feat alone and decided to venture out all by himself. It was a dark and stormy night with snow all around. He couldn’t see anything around him. He should have halted but he kept on climbing. Suddenly his foot slipped and he lost control. He started to fall down rapidly. Those moments of indescribable fear reminded him of all the good and bad things that had happened to him throughout his life. His mind was on his approaching death when all of a sudden he felt a hard pull on the rope tied to his waist. His body was now hanging with the support of the rope. There was darkness all around.

He cried and screamed, “God, help me!”

A voice answered, “What do you want me to do?”

The man cried, “Save me, God!”

The voice replied, “Will you do as I say?”

He shouted back, “Yes, anything! Please save me!”

The voice came, “Cut the rope tied to your waist.”

Refusing to follow the voice’s bizarre suggestion, the man did not cut the rope, instead held onto it with all his might. The next morning, when the rescue team arrived, they found the climber had frozen to death only six feet above the ground.

So how attached are you to your rope? Will you let it go?


About the Author:

Kavvika Nandra (Dept of Economics, PU Campus)

Kavvika Nandra (Dept of Economics, PU Campus)

My motto:- live and let live.

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