"The fable is told of the traveler staggering down the road with a
rock in one hand and a brick in the other. On his back was a sack of
earth, and around his waist was wound a long coil of vines. On his
head was balanced a heavy pumpkin.
Along the way he met a villager who asked, 'Weary traveler, why
burden yourself with that big rock?'
'That's odd,' replied the traveler, 'but I never really noticed it
before.' So he tossed the rock aside and felt much better.
Along came another villager who inquired, 'Tell me, weary traveler,
why wear yourself out with that heavy pumpkin?'
'I'm glad you pointed it out,' said the traveler, 'because I didn't
realize what I was doing to myself.' So he knocked the pumpkin off
his head and went on his way with a much lighter step.
One by one, the villagers made him aware of his needless burdens.
So one by one, he abandoned them. Finally, he was a free man - and
walked like one.
What, really, was his problem? The rock and the pumpkin? Not really.
_It was his unawareness of them_. Once he saw them as pointless burdens,
he dropped them soon enough and was no longer tired.
That is the daily problem of many people. They are carrying unnoticed
loads. No wonder they are tired!"
~ Vernon Howard ~