Trying too hard?

Letting Go Can Break the Stalemate

Recently, I was opening a bottle that had a screw top. Grabbing the trunk with my left hand, I turned the top anticlockwise very vigorously, but it did not budge.

Then I put the bottle down gently and, after pausing a bit, decided to try again. To my surprise, the top came off easily, like a loosened nut, with very little effort! It then dawned on me that I had at first been pressing the threads of the bottle and those of the screw top together and thus had been making things unnecessarily difficult. But as soon as I abandoned the unnecessary, extreme pressure, the screw top came off easily.

The Importance of Spiritual-mindedness
May 7, 1977

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