Today I’d like to dive deeper into the Parable of the Raft. It’s a rather peculiar story, and i’m interested in what this parable looks like in modern day… in what ways does this story manifest for you in your life?
It just so happens that I have a recent story that happened to a friend of a friend of mine, and i’m excited to share it with you.
First, you should rewatch this video, or at least the first half. Don’t worry, it’s short.
The thing was, that the business got put on the back-burner several years before, and he hadn’t touched it in a while. He knew that he would be coming back to it in the future, and had full intentions to do so.
But what ended up happening was that for 2 years he had to pay the bank 25$ a month to keep that bank account open. 25$ a month for 2 years is a lot of money. He was carrying the raft all the way, with no river to use it on in sight.
How does the story end, you might ask?
You see, what he recognized was that in holding onto that raft, it was a representation of keeping the dream alive. The business was actually a passion project for him, something he is very serious about making and something that means a lot to him. To him, it felt like letting go of the “raft” meant letting go of the dream.
Well, in the realization that letting go of the raft (the accounts) didn’t mean that he was letting go of his dream, he was able to cancel the accounts and still know and trust that he would still move forward towards that dream, and when the time was right, he would be able to build a new raft, and maybe even a better one than he had previously.
And he kept moving forward to make his dreams come true.
And that’s how the story goes
I invite you to take some time to write the story of your raft in the comments. What have you held onto, what did you let go of, that perhaps was an extra weight on you for some time?
I’m looking forward to reading all about it,