One of my colleagues told me he’d come across the following story:
Newly retired, a man determined he wanted to paint his den exactly the way he wanted it. He went to the hardware store, got paint specially mixed, bought rollers, brushes, masking tape and every other imaginable supply.
He returned home and struggled to get all the supplies into his hands. Approaching the house, he realized it was going to be difficult to get the front door open, but, with the tip of his little finger he managed to open it.
His next challenge was to get through the door with both arms encumbered with stuff. He tried to power his way through, but slipped backward and fell with a thud on the porch. One of the paint cans opened, drenching him in red paint.
It is at this moment that he realized that, if you’re going to try something new, you should probably get rid of as many burdens as possible.