Today I found one of my favourite poems. It speaks to me about not holding on too tightly to the people and things we love. It is called “Eternity”. It is a well known poem by William Blake, written in 1863 and it goes like this:
He who binds himself to a joy
Does the winged life destroy
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise
When we love someone or something we naturally don’t want to let it go. This can be a person, a relationship, an experience… Holding on too tightly can be destructive, like holding a butterfly in your hand and sqeezing too tightly and its life is destroyed.