Life is like a hot air balloon
When explaining this concept to our children, we can liken life to a hot air balloon. We want our balloon to go up. Yes, there will be times when our hot air balloon might hit some turbulence and drop a bit, or hover or drift for a while with no upward movement. These are the times when we need to drop some ballast (those sand bags that weigh the hot air balloon down), and take action to produce a blast of hot air to give us some lift.If we hold on to the ballast (negative thoughts, feelings or experiences, or attachment to our past successes), we may find ourselves going nowhere very fast.
As we let go of the ballast in our lives, we gain momentum, improved vision, greater desire and perspective allowing us to adventure upward into the unknown future.Growing up is about learning how to work with whatever life brings – it is all a lesson – and knowing when to let go of the ballast in order to move onwards and upwards, like a graceful hot air balloon.