Once a crow, holding on to a piece of meat was flying to a place to sit & eat.
However, a flock of eagles were chasing it. The crow was anxious and was flying higher and higher, yet eagles were after the poor crow.
Just then Garuda saw the plight and pain in the eyes of the crow. Coming closer to the crow, he asked, "What's wrong? You seem to be very disturbed and in stress?"
The crow cried, "Look at these eagles!! They are after me to kill me".
Garuda being the bird of wisdom spoke, "Oh my friend!! They are not after you to kill you, they are after that piece of meat that you are holding in your beak. Just drop it and see what will happen".
The crow followed the instructions of Garuda and dropped the piece of meat, and the eagles immediately flew towards the falling meat.
Garuda smiled and said "The Pain is only till you hold on to it. So, just drop it!".
~ Author Unknown
All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.
~ Havelock Ellis