It’s often said that a burden shared is a burden halved.
In agriculture, a yoke was something that spread evenly across two oxen to plow the fields in a straight line.
If one animal was stronger than the other, the lines would be off and the fields wouldn’t be ploughed straight.
This has a lesson to teach us about our burdens. We need to be aware of who we’re sharing them with. It’s a reciprocal act and one that can often build friendships and relationships between people.
But if the yoke is unbalanced, or we’re not in a place to share or carry someone else’s pain, we need to voice this. Otherwise. it will cause more pain than before.