In The Unfinished Swan, a very different, mesmorising Playstation game developed by the small team collective known as Giant Sparrow, an orphan name of Monroe goes on a physical, emotional and spiritual journey to connect with his long-last father, the King. His late mother left a series of painting, all incomplete because that’s the way she liked to do things. Monroe is led by a swan through a series of adventures that culminate in a meeting with his father. He offers him an opportunity to escape the earth-bound existence he is trapped in, but at a cost. The King has invested so much time, money resource and energy in creating a lasting legacy that would endure. But little Monroe has played his innocent part in despoiling his father’s carefully constructed world and here’s the beautiful refrain – in order to move on the King has to let go of all he has created kissing goodbye to his fantastic statues, mazes, gardens, pictures et al.
And so it goes with all of us. From a mundane thing like giving away our possessions, through the nuturing and waving off of our children, to the final goodbye, there is nothing to cling to. As George Harrison said ‘All Things Must Pass’. Even the thought that all things must pass will pass. All we create, we destroy.
To learn to let go is the greatest blessing.