Anecdote: The dog and his bone

There is a Sufi story that relates to this about an
old dog that had been badly abused and was near starvation.

One day,
the dog found a bone! He was so excited and happy, he held on to it with all his might! He carried it to a safe spot, and started gnawing
away. The dog was so hungry that he chewed on the bone for a long time
and got every last bit of nourishment that it could out of it, and for that time it provided for him.

After
some time, a kind old man noticed the dog holding on to this now-nutrientless bone, and generously set food out for it.

However, the dog was so
attached to its bone that it refused to let go of it, and without letting go of it, he couldn’t eat the food.

Without letting go of the bone, soon the dog starved
to death.

Moral: If you are too attached to things that don’t serve you anymore (even if they once served you well), there is no room for new good things to nourish your life.

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