The Broken Ball: Learning to Let Go

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Johnny Mack

Founder & Owner of: Truth in Fiction

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Successful Living and Writing Writer


Imagine a woman standing in the middle of a white room.  There is nothing around her; no furnishings or decor, no doors or windows.  Just a solitary woman standing in the middle of a completely empty white room.  In her hands, she is holding a ball made of beautiful and intricately designed stained glass.

This ball is her world and she has spent her entire existence protecting and caring for her most precious possession.  Something is wrong though.  For as long as she has cared for her beautiful stained glass ball, it has always been the same.  She knows every color, every etching and every design that has been woven into it.

Over time, the woman has aged, but the ball has never changed.  Now though, she sees minor blemishes forming on the surface.  She thinks ‘I’ve got to watch it more closely.  My little world is beginning to change and I must protect it at all costs.’

Handling the ball more carefully now, she begins to feel a slight tinge of panic.  Despite her best efforts, her little ball is beginning to show more and more signs of change.  For no discernible reason, no matter how carefully she handles it, pieces of glass begin to fall.

Growing frantic now, she begins to collect the fallen pieces of her ball and attempt to place them back into their original positions.  They no longer fit where they used to though, and she becomes more and more upset at her growing predicament.  ‘It doesn’t make sense,’ she frets, ‘they used to fit and now they don’t!  What’s different now, why are they changing?’

In her panic, she doesn’t see the beauty of what is taking place.  She is so focused on maintaining her little ball, just as it always was, that she doesn’t see that the reason these pieces of glass are falling off of the ball isn’t because they are changing; it’s because the ball is changing.  It’s getting smaller.  Her little world is shrinking.

More importantly, she is so focused on maintaining the ball that has been her entire existence for as long as she can remember, she doesn’t see what is happening on the floor around her.  Her glass pieces aren’t just falling off of the ball they used to be a part of, but trying to fall into place in a much larger mosaic covering the floor.

If you could observe the floor in detail, you would see that it’s a breathtaking picture comprised of countless shards of glass; but there are pieces missing.  These holes are the exact shape and size of the shards falling from the woman’s ball.  In her haste to maintain what she has always known and loved, she is preventing the glass shards she has protected for so long from falling into place in a new world that they were always intended to become a part of.

What’s more, she fails to realize that the ball is not her entire world.  She herself is a part of the picture on the floor and is, in fact, standing right at the center of it.  Until she can stop focusing on the object she has focused on for so long though and notice what is happening around her, she will not only continue to prevent her glass shards from becoming a part of what they were meant for, but she will be unable to enjoy the beauty of the world around her.


This is an abstract description of something we are all guilty of doing.  We become so set in our ways sometimes, we fail to see the beauty in what is happening in the world around us.  This particular story is meant to describe a woman trying desperately to keep her children from growing up and leaving her; in the process, she is preventing them from becoming the adults they were meant to be.  She is denying them their destiny.

However, this illustration may apply to any number of scenarios.  Are you having a hard time letting go of your growing children?  I you stuck in a relationship that’s going nowhere, but you’re afraid to experience life without the other person because you’re so used to them?  Are you terrified to step out and launch a new career because you’re afraid to fail?

Whatever you may be facing, learn a simple lesson from the woman in this story.  Don’t let yourself become her!  Whether you believe in a higher power or not, the happiest and most successful people in the world are who they are because they weren’t afraid to let go.

Sometimes where we are (or where we’ve been,) is only a stop on the road to our final destination.  Sometimes our entire world needs to fall apart before we can become who we’re meant to be.  Sometimes we need to experience pain, loss, fear or grief in order step into the next chapter in life.

Don’t be afraid of these things.  Learn to let go of what you know and trust that something better may be just around the corner.  Have a little faith, if only in yourself.  It might change your world for the better.


Article Credits: Johnny Mack

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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18 Comments
  1. simplyshafia 3 years ago

    Absolutely love this!

  2. thebusinessahead 3 years ago

    Great article! I was intrigued from the very beginning. Thank you for sharing!

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  5. Tamara Hoerner 3 years ago

    Reblogged this on The Purple Almond and commented:
    When I first read this article, it really hit home. Not just because my kids are almost out of the house, that’s part of it, but mainly because I can relate to trying to hold on to what’s safe and being scared to venture out into the big bad world.
    I opened this blog account more than a year ago, but was too afraid to put myself out there. Maybe for fear of failure and rejection. What if no one liked it? What if no one read it? What I understand now, it doesn’t matter. What matters is I try and continue to do what I love, which is I nutrition and teaching others.
    This particular article isn’t about food or nutrients or the like, but it is about food for the mind and soul, which are part of my beliefs. You can feed your body all the healthy food you want, but if you carry anger and fear with you, your mind and soul will be malnourished.
    I hope you take a few minutes today to read this beautiful article. What are you afraid to let go of?

  6. allaboutsuzieblog 3 years ago

    Very inspiring, everything is true to what you said.
    Been in there but lesson learnt and I AM WHO I AM NOW!

    Thumbs Up! Good Read!

  7. MaggieLynnHeronHeidel 3 years ago

    I love the descriptive writing in this! Very thought provoking!

  8. Success Strategies 2 years ago

    Letting go is hard. I can do it with almost anything but I’ve found letting go of my kids (college) was the hardest. But I did it…one step at a time. It gets easier. Change is good …but only if we allow it. Thanks for sharing ?

  9. idontknowcookbook 2 years ago

    Beautiful story.

  10. HIMANSHI SHUKLA 2 years ago

    simply beautiful

  11. WednesdaysWithZo 2 years ago

    Letting go is hard but totally worth it! Thanks for the read 🙂

  12. Missteriousmisty 2 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading this because I can relate to it, I believe that people should not be afraid of failure because that failure is only a part of the process in order to help a person grow, no one in this world had never experienced failure.
    Really great post!

  13. rubiescorner 2 years ago

    Thank you for writing this for others to read. It is very clear, concise, and helpful.

  14. I enjoyed this read, but don’t be afraid to call our Higher Power by His true name! God, our Heavenly Father and Savior!

  15. Beauty Through Time 2 years ago

    This was beautiful! You painted such a great picture.

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