What’s Holding You Back? (D267)

Everyone I know struggles with a burden, or yoke, of some kind. Traditionally, a yoke is a “wooden device attached around the necks of beasts of burden so that they can be made to pull heavy loads.” But you, my friend, are not a beast of burden, nor should you be carrying a heavy load.

From a practical standpoint, watching The Biggest Loser finale, I saw real people throw off the heavy load of extra weight they were carrying. They also threw off feelings of shame, insecurity, fear, and hopelessness that were holding them back. To see men and women shedding 48% of their body is truly remarkable. It’s even more remarkable when they shed the feelings that bound them to that weight.

I think about it in terms of photography or any dream that we desire to pursue. What heavy yoke have I allowed myself to carry? What negative thoughts, patterns, habits have created an unbearable load that leads to exhaustion and keeps me from making the forward progress I know I can make?

What about you? Are there any heavy loads you are carrying in your life, either physical, spiritual, or emotional that are keeping you from the freedom and joy you were meant to have? Let’s throw off those heavy yokes and find a new way to live. Let’s stop holding ourselves back from what we know we are capable of accomplishing!

I might even create a 100 Days of Summer challenge for myself to address some of those issues. What do you think?

Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."

Technical knowledge and images: Zack Arias critique and images.

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  • http://blog.miriansilvaphotography.com Mirian Silva

    I think it is a great idea. Count me in!

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      So what would you accomplish in a 100 day challenge?

  • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com Donna Maria Coles Johnson

    I would love to know if you have a 100 Days challenge. I would definitely consider participating.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      Still considering… would start June 1, but trying to decide what to tackle. How about you? What would you tackle in 100 day challenge?

      • http://www.indiebusinessblog.com Donna Maria Coles Johnson

        I would like to tackle how to better align my actions with my priorities. That would be 30 days well spent for me.

  • simplykuni

    I can't figure out what it is but I like the PP and perspective. This image is telling me to bury the chains that bind me.

    • http://tasra365.com tasra

      Great message the image is giving you. It's the part of the yoke that goes around the neck of one of the oxen or beast of burden. The chain is what ties this part to the heavy wooden yoke between two oxen.

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