Letting Go

‘The value of letting go cannot be estimated,’ began Yen Tzu, ‘as its opposite of having attachment is detrimental to achievement and success. Let me illustrate with two tales:

‘Hermit Wei glimpsed three eagles soaring above him. Calling them down to him he requested of the first: ‘How much to carry me across the plains to the neighbouring state, please?’

‘It’s a two day flight at least and you are a heavy load,’ replied the first eagle, ‘I would like ten fish, a goat and a flagon of soya milk.’

‘So much,’ said Hermit Wei, and turning to the second eagle asked, ‘What will you do it for?’

‘It is right you are a heavy load,’ answered the second eagle, ‘yet as I am due to go in that direction in any case, I would want five fish, a kid-goat and a flagon of rice-water. It is a long trip that will require sustenance.’

Asking the third eagle what the charge would be, the hermit was surprised to hear: ‘Five fish and a litre of water.’

‘What kind of fool answer is that?’ Wei shouted. ‘Why do you possibly ask for an amount that will not even sustain you for the trip?’

‘I needed the order,’ said the crestfallen eagle.

‘The message is clear in this tale: When you compromise your worth you compromise the value of both you and your customer.

‘Now let me share another...’

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