The “Useful”


There is a great story about these two guys who cross the river in a canoe. 

When they get to the other side they are so happy to have gotten across safely. They are very grateful for the canoe, and one of them says to the other, “Boy, if it wasn’t for this wonderful canoe, we never would have made it here!” 

“Yes.” his friend agreed. “If it wasn’t for this canoe, we would still be back over there.” 

The two men decided that they couldn’t just leave the canoe, so they decided to carry it with them into town. 

The canoe turned out to be quite heavy and cumbersome. It slowed them down and and getting to town seemed to take forever. 

The people in town looked at them as if they were crazy. 

But they couldn’t let it go. 

This story is such a great analogy for us, because it points out how we can sometimes become attached to things in life, and then have trouble letting them go when they are no longer useful.

And then they become quite heavy and cumbersome, just like that canoe in the story did.

When we feel stuck in life and things aren’t going the way we would like them to, this is a good time for us to examine ourselves.

Are we carrying around a heavy canoe? Is there some thing, some person, or some situation in our lives that was once useful to us, that has now become a hinderance?

When we have well-defined intentions or goals in our lives, we can easily see the hinderances.

I am also reminded here of the word, “circulation.”

Any class or course you take on, “Abundance,” is going to firstly suggest that you, “Clean house and get rid of anything you aren’t using.”

So sell it, take it to Goodwill and donate it, or give it to someone who you think might get some use out of it.

You’d like to think that the canoe would be happier if it could be useful, instead of being a burden to these guys from now on. Perhaps there is someone out there who could use it? Maybe someone would like to go fishing, use the canoe to cross to the other side of the river, or heck, maybe someone would just like to go for a canoe ride?

When we fill our lives with the useful, we will move much more quickly towards our intentions and goals, and also, we will be much more useful to others.

Kyle Shiver INHA

Kyle Shiver INHA

Kyle Shiver is a spiritual healer, minister, and inspirational speaker, currently residing in Savannah Georgia. To contact, call 912-495-8520 or e-mail

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