Choosing means letting go

A Zen Master presented a bowl of apples to his student and asked him to pick one. The student pondered for a moment, then took one.

„Explain to me, what you did just now“, said the teacher.

„I had a good look at the apples and then I decided which one to take. Now I thank you for the fruit.“

„You are welcome!“, answered the old man, „but what about all the other apples? They aren’t any less tasty, are they?“

„Certainly not“, said the student, „I still decided against them, because I could only choose one. The only way to choose one apple was by letting go of all the others.“

The Zen Master nodded.