The boy woke up from another awful nightmare. Bad memories from that past that he wanted to forget were replayed on his dreams every night and haunted him nonstop.
He was terrified of falling asleep, so one day, he went to the witch and begged. “Please get rid of all my bad memories, so that I won’t ever have a nightmare again. Then, I will do everything you ask.”
Years went by, and the boy became an adult. He no longer has nightmares but for some strange reasons, he wasn’t happy at all.
One night, a blood moon filled the sky and the witch finally showed up again to take what he had promised in return for granting his wish. And he shouted at her with so much resentment, “All my bad memories are gone but why can’t I become happy.”
Then the witch took his soul as they had promised and told him this, “Hurtful, painful memories. Memories of deep regrets. Memories of hurting others and being hurt. Memories of being abandoned. Only those with such memories buried in their hearts can become stronger, more passionate, and emotionally flexible. And only those can attain happiness.”
The story tells us to overcome the pain of living inside of us. Let’s make a commitment to learning from those experiences, acknowledging the hurt, and move forward to live a life without chips on our shoulders so we can find the happiness we’ve been looking for.