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Page IV of stories
Do it now
It's Not My Fault
What Laura has taught us
Who Lost an Eye
Do you have a desire to come close to the eternal?
The Lentil Seed
The value of time
Power of Your Creative Energy
Bring Light to my Path of Life
The donkey and
God & Evil
A water bearer in
India had two large
pots, each hung on each end of a pole which he carried across hi neck. One of
the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always
delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to
the master's house, the cracked pot arrived only half full.
For a full 2 years this went on daily, with the bearer delivering
only one and a half pots full of water in his master's house. Of course, the
perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments, perfect to the end for which it
was made. But the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and
miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to
do. After 2 years of what it perceived to be a bitter failure, it spoke to the
water bearer one day by the stream.
"I am ashamed of myself, and I want to apologize to you." "Why?"
asked the bearer. "What are you ashamed of?"
"I have been able, for these past two years, to deliver only half
my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back
to your master's house. Because of my flaws, you have to do all of this work,
and you don't get full value from your efforts," the pot said.
The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his
compassion he said, "As we return to the master's house, I want you to notice
the beautiful flowers along the path."
Indeed as they went up the hill, the old cracked pot took notice
of the sun warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path and this
cheered it some. But at the end of tile trail, it still felt bad because it had
leaked out half its load, and so again it apologized to the bearer for its
The bearer said to the pot, "Did you notice that there were flowers
only on YOUR side of your path, but not on the other pot's side? That's because
I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted
flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walk back from the
stream, you've watered them.
For 2 years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to
decorate my master's table. Without you being just the way you are, he would not
have this beauty to grace his house."
Moral: Each of us has our own unique flaws. We're all cracked pots.
Some of us don't grow old gracefully, some are not so smart, some are tall,
large & big, some bald, some physically challenged, but it's the cracks and
flaws we each have that make our lives together so very interesting and
rewarding. You've just got to take each person for what they are, and look for
the good in them. There is a lot of good out there. There is a lot of good in
Blessed are the flexible for they shall not
be bent out of shape. Remember to appreciate all the different people in your
life! Or as I like to think of it - If it's not for the crackpots in my life,
it would be pretty boring.
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Do it now,
"And what if the tomorrow that I take for granted never comes? Or what if
tomorrow is my last day on earth?"
Martha, an old woman of 85, was obsessed with thoughts like these. She lived
alone in her big apartment, surrounded by objects from her past. She would
worry all night long, getting up to walk around, then returning to her empty
bed, turning the thoughts over and over in her mind like a dog gnawing an old
bone. She did it so much that finally her fear turned into wisdom. The next
morning she made herself a promise.
am going to live each and every day as if it were my last! That's the only way
to really enjoy life."
Martha reads a lot and spends (a-take out) less time dusting old furniture. She
admires the flowers in her garden without worrying too much about the weeds
that crop up here and there.
invites people she likes to her home, but doesn't sit there waiting for them
to arrive. And when they do arrive, she uses her best china to serve tea and
cake, without worrying about a precious cup or plate getting dirty or being
She's started wearing the beautiful red cashmere jacket her grandchildren gave
her for Christmas. She even wears it to go out walking, and puts a dab of her
best perfume behind her ears.
But most importantly, Martha
has stopped saying, "I'll do that one day, when I have the time." Now she says,
"If it's worth doing, I'm going to do it now!"
Like Martha, you, too, should think about what you'd do if someone
said, "This is your last day on earth!" You would realize that priorities fall
into place naturally, that many things resolve themselves and that whatever is
superfluous in your life disappears. Don't wait for the day when tragedy strikes
to force you to consider what it is you really want to do in life.
"At each and every moment, the future is pressuring the present to
become the past."
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"It's Not My Fault!"
A man living in New Jersey,
USA, had an operation. Being obese, he had decided to have a ring inserted in
his stomach to prevent him from gaining more weight. A couple of days after the
operation he was already up and about, checking up and down the hospital
corridors for the location of the kitchen. When he found it he sneaked in, went
straight to an immense refrigerator and started eating everything he could find.
The ring in his stomach burst, causing an internal hemorrhage. Miraculously he
was saved by a quick-thinking intern who rushed him into surgery to stop the
bleeding. But instead of being grateful, the man sued the hospital saying, "It
wasn't my fault. The doctors should have put a lock on the fridge!" If this true
story makes us shudder, it may be because it forces us to recognize a weakness
of our own: eating the forbidden fruit may be a sin, but so is always seeking
excuses and blaming others for our shortcomings.
How many times have you heard someone say, "It wasn't my fault!
Someone made me do it!"
To be happy, you have to learn to accept responsibility for your
actions, including your failures.
Because having the courage to accept failure also means that your
success will really be YOUR success. Wonderful things will start happening to
you the moment you decide to accept full responsibility for what goes on in your
mind, and what you do with your body. - Nourish your body with healthy food. -
Keep your mind sharp by always being ready to learn. - Work on being positive
and optimistic about life. - Ease the pain in your heart by believing that good
things will happen if you are courageous and confident.
It's up to you to decide how you are going to fill the agenda of your
"Being an aristocrat means creating your own
"What Laura has taught us"
"Pauline and I were married
young, in our teens, and two years later had our only child, Laura. My life
changed forever when I met the doctor in the hospital waiting room, when he came
out to tell me the good news: "You're the father of a beautiful baby girl."
Strangely, there was no joy in his face, so I asked, "How are mom and baby
doing?" He replied hesitantly," Well, Pauline is fine." Then he looked down with
a pained expression, and I instantly knew my world was changing. As we later
learned, after lots of doctor visits and diagnoses, our Laura was born with
mental retardation and other medical problems. Yet the story of our little
family is not a tragedy, not by a long shot, due to the always mixed nature of
life and the principle mentioned above. As it would take Pauline and me painful
years to appreciate,
it's not what happens to you
that determines your happiness and success in life, but how you respond. After
all, you can't always control what happens to you. But you can always control
how you respond, especially if you remember:
Every adversity carries within
it the seed of an equal or greater benefit. You might ask, "What possible
benefit could arise from your daughter being born with mental retardation? Or
from a war, for that matter? Or a plague? Or an earthquake?"
Let me speak only from my own
experience. Our daughter, despite her disabilities, quickly became and remains
the light of our lives. What she lacks in brains she makes up in heart. She has
taught us more about how to love and care for others than any religious sermon,
Indian guru, new age course or book ever could. She has brought into our lives a
caring and dedicated network of teachers and friends we would have never met
otherwise. She has opened our hearts and turned us into benefactors for
children's causes. She has taught us how to be brave.
Can you imagine the bravery it takes to look different, attract
attention just by walking down the street or through a mall, speak
unintelligibly to most people's ears, encounter so much frustration in
attempting simple tasks like tying a shoe or buttoning a blouse, never fit in
with the social activities of your peers while growing up, not belong in their
classes at school, not understand the jokes everyone laughs at and, at times, be
laughed at yourself by ignorant people or other children who see only what's
different about you and not what's human and tender?
Can you imagine the bravery it takes to experience all that ... yet
still go through life with a smile on your face, acceptance in your heart and a
bubbly spirit of joy for those who share your life? That's just the beginning of
what Laura has taught us."
(c) Gary Bencivenga, 2004
The Elephant Who Lost an Eye
An elephant came to the edge of
a stream of clear rushing water. Being thirsty, the elephant leaned over,
dropped its trunk into the cool water and... plunk! "What? What happened?" the
elephant cried. "I can't see! My eye... it fell in the water! Oh nooooooh," the
elephant wailed in a panic, "I lost my eye!" And, in fact, the elephant's right
eye had popped out of its socket and fallen into the stream. The elephant
searched frantically for the eye, groping with its trunk along the bottom of the
stream. The more he groped, the cloudier the water became. That made him panic
even more, and he started churning up great piles of sand, until he couldn't see
anything. Then the elephant heard the sound of laughing. Furious, he looked
around to see who it was, and saw a little green frog sitting on a log, laughing
and laughing. "You think this is funny?" the elephant shouted. "I lose an eye
and that makes you laugh?" "What's funny is to see how upset you are. Calm down
and everything will be fine," the frog replied. The elephant felt a little
ashamed and took the frog's advice. He stopped moving his trunk around, and soon
the water became clearer as the sand sank to the bottom. And there in the stream
lay his eye. He reached for it with his trunk and popped it back into its
socket. And then he thanked the frog.
This simple parable contains
great wisdom. There's nothing funny about losing an eye... the sudden panic,
thrashing around in murky water, desperation...
that's exactly what happens to us when we lose control and panic. Our
haste makes us blind. We become temporarily incapable of seeing the world around
us objectively and rationally. But there is an antidote to panic: wait. Wait
until the situation becomes clear and the black clouds disperse.
"Haste is the devil's work; God works slowly." Persian Proverb
Do you have a desire to come
close to the eternal?
A small tree grew in the
forest. The more it grew and the stronger it became, the more it admired the
expanse of infinity that was the sky above its branches. The sky and its clouds
and stars seemed to be speaking to the tree in a distant language. The tree
began to imagine that the wind was whispering messages from the eternal. The
more it grew, the more it wanted to live forever, to free itself from the bonds
of earth and travel far ... very far away. One day the keeper of the forest
walked by the tree. Being a good and sensitive man, he sensed that the tree was
unhappy. "What's the matter?" he asked. "Is something troubling you?" The tree
hesitated a moment, then replied, "More than anything I want to live forever!"
"Well, that just may be possible," the keeper said mysteriously.
Time passed and the tree became
huge and very strong. And again the keeper asked, "Do you still want to live
forever?" "Oh yes, yes I do," the tree cried. "That's all I dream about." "I
think I can help you," the keeper said. "But you'll have to trust me because
what I must do first is cut you down." The tree was very surprised. "I want to
live forever and you're telling me you want to kill me? How can I trust you when
you say that?" "I know it sounds strange, and yet it is the only solution. I
promise that if you let me cut you down, you will live forever." The tree
thought long and hard and finally accepted the keeper's proposition. When the
saw began its work the tree suffered in silence, and then fell to the ground
with a great crash of breaking branches. Its trunk was sectioned off and the
sections cut into planks, and the planks planed into finer planks until all that
remained of the tree was the best part - its heart. That last beautiful piece of
wood was given to a famous violin maker, who left it to age in his studio for
years. The tree suffered a lot, thinking it had been betrayed and abandoned, and
blamed itself for believing the forest keeper's words.
But one day the violin maker
picked up the piece of wood, held it gently in his hands, caressing its surface
and said, "The time has come. Your wood has aged perfectly, and the sound you
will produce will be like magic to people's ears." He worked day and night,
fashioning the heart of the tree into a wonderful violin, one of the best ever
produced. This he gave to a gifted musician, who immediately began to play. As
the strings vibrated under the master's touch, the wooden body of the violin
resonated in pure harmony. The notes reminded the tree of the vision of infinity
it had found so moving as it gazed at the sky, of the birds and the clouds and
the stars, and about the desire to touch the eternal, which had filled its
spirit for so many years. And the tree understood: in its soul was pure sound,
pure music... the music of eternity. (c)www.positive-club.com, 2005
We all have a desire to come close to the eternal. We think we
deserve more than this short life on earth, and we want somehow to make it last,
to extend it until the end of time. Maybe that's because we have a preconceived
notion of what infinity is. Right here on earth, during our short lifetime, we
can endow our acts and our works with the mark of infinity. Is not a work of art
- a book, a painting or a song - a small piece of infinity? So what are you
waiting for? Get to work and create your own piece of eternity!
"There is no sacred moment. Every moment is sacred. If you understand
that, you live in the eternal". Dialog With An Angel: The Bible
"What's her name?" asked the
visitor in a sculptor's workshop.
Among other sculptures, the
visitor had noticed an image of a goddess with wings on her feet and whose face
was hidden by her hair.
"Opportunity", replied the
"Why is her face masked?"
"Because men rarely see her when she comes close to them." said the artist.
"And why wings on her feet?"
continued the visitor.
"Because she comes fast, and
leaves even faster. And once she leaves you can't catch up."
"Opportunity only has hair
close to her forehead", wrote a Latin author.
From the back she's bald. If you catch her while
you're in front, you can keep her, but if you let her leave, Jupiter himself
wouldn't be able to catch up." Seize the opportunity by the forelock.
The Lentil Seed
My boyhood dream was to acquire
a big motorcycle and become a Knight of the open highway. But getting a license
to drive a bike was a completely different story! I had to learn the rules of
the road by heart and practice driving so I could pass safely between
strategically placed pylons without touching them. I had to learn to maneuver
through crowded city streets, never forgetting to signal my intentions to other
It was a long and arduous
process. But my driving instructor was philosophical about it. I remember one
particularly difficult lesson. I had taken a fall and simply could not steer the
bike around a curve between the obstacles. I got upset and started to doubt I
could ever succeed. "It's no good, I'll never be pass the test!" I cried.
"Calm down," my instructor
said. "You may not know it, but you're making good progress every day." I'd been
a teacher myself, so I knew about the platitudes teachers use to encourage their
students. Which is why I didn't believe a word he said.
"It'll take more than a cliché
to convince me of that," I said. "Tonight when you go home," he replied, "put a
lentil seed in some moist cotton. Then, every day, watch it grow for half an
hour. Come back and tell me what you see."
Naturally I didn't see
anything. I played the game for three days, then gave up. But finally, two
months after I started and with much effort and concentration, I obtained my
license to drive a bike.
On the day I took my exam my
lentil seed sprouted. A tiny green shoot had pierced through the cotton.
In a flash I understood the
meaning of what my instructor had said.
It's impossible to make a seed grow. It has to stay underground until
the moment it is ready to break through into the open air. Even if the seed were
in a hurry to grow, it could not have speeded up the process. Sometimes it takes
time and quiet for things to sprout in us, and come to fruition. Although
undetectable, new seeds are always present, making slow but steady progress
inside us, preparing to burst forth and bloom at the right time.
"Trees teach us patience - they do not break at the first sign of a
storm." Carl Beaupré
The Triple Filter Test
ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day
an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, "Do you know what I just
heard about your friend?"
"Hold on a minute," Socrates replied.
"Before telling me anything, I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the
Triple Filter Test."
"That's right," Socrates continued. "Before you talk to me about my friend, it
might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're going to say.
That's why I call it the triple filter test.
first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to
tell me is true?" "No," the man said, "Actually I just heard about it and..."
"All right," said Socrates. "So you don't really know if it's true or not.
let's try the second filter, the filter of goodness. Is what you are about to
tell me about my friend something good?" "No, on the contrary..." "So," Socrates
continued, "You want to tell me something bad about him, but you're not certain
may still pass the test though, because there's one filter left: the filter of
usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about my friend going to be useful to
me?" "No, not really."
"Well," concluded Socrates,
"If what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even
useful, why tell it to me at all?"
The value of time
understand the value of a year, talk to a student who has failed an important
understand the value of a month, talk to a mother who has given birth to a baby
a month prematurely.
understand the value of a week, talk to the publisher of a weekly newspaper.
understand the value of an hour, talk to a couple in love who are separated and
want only to be together again.
understand the value of a minute, talk to someone who has just missed a train or
understand the value of a second, talk to someone who has lost a loved one in an
accident. To understand the value of a millisecond, talk to someone who won a
silver medal at the Olympic Games.
Time waits for no one. Gather all the time you have left every
moment, and it will be of great use to you. Share it with people you value and
love and it will become even more precious.
"Every time you
don't follow your inner guidance, you feel a loss of energy, loss of power, a
sense of spiritual deadness."--Shakti Gawain
"A warrior seeks to act rather than talk."--Carlos Castaneda
"Be not afraid of growing slowly, be afraid only of standing
"The few who do are the envy of the many who only watch."--Jim Rohn
"A man is the sum of his actions, of what he has done, of what he can
do, Nothing else."--Mahatma Gandhi
Power of Your Creative Energy
is the simplest possible explanation of the power of your creative energy.
Follow these steps, and any goal can be yours.
ONE: KNOW WHAT YOU WANT Yes, it seems so obvious, doesn't it? You must know what
you want in order to get what you want. Yet this most basic fist step is missed
by the majority of people. You must know what you want as specifically as
possible. This is the magic first step. Daydreaming about your future will not
bring you what you want. Waiting for life to work out the way you've always
expected won't bring you what you want. The only way to get what you want is to
decide, with clarity and focus, exactly what you want to create. So how do you
know what you want? Well, it's very simple. Write down your desires, your
dreams, and everything that you want for your life. Then pick the one thing on
your list that you know you could accomplish if you dedicated some energy to it.
Pick that one and forget about the rest. Pick the very next goal in the creation
of your live and go for it. Focus, focus, focus. Don't waste your energy wishing
and dreaming for a million and one things. Pick one and go with it. Just as the
journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, so does the journey to
your ideal life begin with a single goal. So begin with an easy, do-able goal,
so far unaccomplished, plug it into this 5-step system. Write down as
specifically and exactly what it is you will create. After it's finished, move
on to the next goal.
TWO: FOCUS ON WHAT YOU WANT You must give positive focus, energy, and attention
to your goal. Setting a goal and then forgetting about it will not do. You must
imprint it on your conscious and subconscious mind until it becomes reality.
Remember, thought is blindingly fast compared to the manifestation of thoughts
into reality. Of course, as you practice this system and become more confident,
your thoughts will come into reality much more quickly. But as a beginner, you
must keep your energy and intention directly on your goal. You must focus on
what you want, not on what you don't want. Stop complaining about things that
are not the way you want them to be. Instead, decide how you would like them to
be and focus on that. Whenever you find yourself giving attention to some area
of your life with which you are unhappy, immediately ask yourself "What do I
want in this situation?" and focus on the answer. Take a look at your goal every
day, give it positive focus and attention. Before you fall asleep and after you
wake up, instead of worrying about your problems, imagine your goal successfully
attained, and feel how you would feel if your goal was accomplished. Go to sleep
with this feeling, and your subconscious mind will quickly find a way to bring
it into your reality.
THREE: TAKE ACTION NOW! You must take action towards your goal, and you must
take action right now! There is no other time that you can act. The past is
gone, the future is an illusion. Making plans to take action is not action. You
must take action right now. There is always something that you can do to propel
you towards your goal. It doesn't matter how tiny the action is, or how
insignificant you might feel it is, you must do it. There is always some small
step you can take. Take that step. You must convince your subconscious mind that
you are serious about accomplishing your goal, and there is nothing more
convincing than taking action. No matter where you are along your path to your
goal, no matter how near or far you might feel to be, there is always an obvious
next step you can take. Take that step in this present moment. Right now. If you
have trouble figuring out what to do, or are paralyzed into inaction because it
seems there are too many things to do, just do this: Make a list of all the
things that need to happen in order for your goal to arrive. List all the
intermediary steps that you will experience as your goal begins to enter your
life. Somewhere on this list will be the obvious next step. Do it. Do it now! If
your goal is truly out of your hands, you need a new goal. Waiting for other
people to change or give you what you want is a sure way to always be
unsatisfied. You must pick a goal you are in control of and do whatever it takes
to make it come true. That is the only path to power and mastery in life, and
the only way to ever feel fulfilled.
FOUR: CHOOSE THE SAME THING EVERY DAY You must be consistent. You must,
consistently, choose the same goal every day until your goal is accomplished.
You cannot send out constantly changing vague wishes into the universe and
expect to create results in the real world. It's as simple as ordering a meal in
a restaurant. You must decide what you want and then ask for it. If you can't
make up your mind the waiter will simply server someone else until you're ready.
If you do not provide the universe with a specific goal which you consistently
ake action toward, your "meal" will never come to you. And the most important
secret of all:
DON'T GIVE UP UNTIL YOUR GOAL IS ACCOMPLISHED.
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day, an old professor of the national School of administration (ENA-France) was
asked to give a training-course on the effective economic planning of one's time
to a group of about fifteen leaders of big companies from North - America. This
course constituted one of 5 workshops of their day of training. So, the old
Prof. only had one hour to spend on this subject. Standing in front of this
group of elite who was ready to note everything that the expert was going to
teach, the old Prof. looked at them one by one, slowly, then said to them:
are going to make an experiment".
under the table which separated him from his pupils, the old Prof. took out an
immense jar Mason of a gallon (glass jar of more than 4 liters) which he
directly put in front of him. Then, he took out about a dozen pebbles roughly as
big as tennis balls and placed them delicately, one by one, in the big jar. When
the jar was filled up to the brim, and when it was impossible to add anything to
it, he raised slowly his eyes towards the pupils, and asked them:
this jar full?" Everybody answered: "Yes". He waited for a few seconds and
added: "Really?" Then, he bent again and took out from under the table a pot
filled with little stones. With accuracy, he poured these little pebbles on the
big stones, then moved softly the jar. The fragments of little pebbles went
between the stones down to the bottom of the jar. The old Prof. raised his eyes
again towards his audience and asked:
this jar full?". This time, his brilliant pupils began to understand the whole
process. One of them answered: "Probably not!" "Well!" answered the old Prof..
He bent again and this time, took out from under the table a bucket of sand.
With attention, he poured the sand into the jar. The sand went to fil the spaces
between the big big stones and the little pebbles. Once again, he asked:
this jar full?". This time, without hesitation, and in a choir, the brilliant
pupils answered: "No!".
"Well!" answered the old Prof. And, as expected by the brilliant pupils, he took
the jug of water which was on the table and filled the jar up to the brim. Then,
the old Prof. raised his eyes towards his group and asked:
"Which big truth does this experiment show to us?”.
Being no fool, the most audacious of the pupils, thinking about the topic of
this course, answered: "It shows that even when one believes that our diary is
completely filled, if one wants really wants it, one can add more meetings to
it, more things to be made".
old Prof. answered. "It is not that". "The big truth that this experiment shows
to us is the following one: -
one does not put the big stones first in the jar, one will never be able to make
all of them go in, then".
There was a profound silence, each becoming aware of the evidence of these
comments. Then, the old Prof. Told them:
"Which are the big stones in your life?"
make your dreams come true?"
do what you enjoy?"
fight for a cause?"
take time for yourself?"
any other thing?"
"What it is necessary to remember is the importance to put one's BIG
STONES in first in one's life, otherwise one encounters the risks not succeed in
one's life. If one gives priority to peccadilloes (the little pebbles, the
sand), one will fill one's life with peccadilloes and one will have no more
enough precious time to dedicate to the important elements of one's life". Then
do not forget to ask to yourself this question:
"Which are the BIG STONES IN MY LIFE? Then, put them in, first"
a friendly gesture of the hand, the old professor greeted his audience and
slowly left the room.
are the BIG STONES in your life, my dear friend?
"Bring Light to my Path of
A King had, as only son, a
young Prince, brave, skillful and intelligent. To perfect his knowledge of
Life, he sent him by the side of an Old Wise Man.
"Bring Light to my Path of
Life", the Prince asked. "My words will faint away like the prints of your steps
in the sand”, the Wise Man answered. However, I want to give you some
indications. On your Path, you will find 3 doors. Read the rules written on
each of them.
An irresistible need will urge
you to follow them. Don't try and get away from them, because you would be
condemned to live again, ceaselessly, what you have avoided.
I may tell you no more. You
have to feel all this deep in your heart and in your flesh. Go, now. Follow
this path, right in front of you. " The Old Wise Man disappeared and the Prince
entered the Path of Life. He was soon in front of a big door, on which one
could read: "CHANGE THE WORLD".
"It was my intention indeed”,
the Prince thought, “because if some things please me in this world, others
greatly displease me." And he began his first fight. His ideal, his ardour and
his power urged him to confront himself to the world, to undertake, to conquer,
to model reality according to his desires.
He found there the pleasure and
the dizzyness of the conqueror, but no peace in his heart. He managed to change
some things but many others resisted to him. Many years passed. One day, he met the Old Wise Man who asked him: "What have you learnt
on your path?" "I have learnt," the Prince answered, “ how to discern what is
within my power and what is without, what depends on me and what does not depend
"That's good!”, the Old Man
said. “Use your strength to act on what is within your power. Forget what's
beyond your power." And he disappeared. A bit later, the Prince was in front of
a second door. He could read on it : "CHANGE THE OTHERS".
"It was my intention indeed”,
he thought. “The others are a source of pleasure, enjoyment and satisfaction,
but also, of pain, bitterness and frustration." And he rebelled against
everything that could disturb him or displease him in his fellow men. He tried
to bend their characters and to extirpate their defects. It was there his second
Many years passed. One day, as
he was meditating on the utility of the attempts to change the others, he met
the Old Wise Man who asked him: "What have you learnt on your path?" "I have
learnt”, the Prince answered, “that the others are not the cause or the source
of my joys and my punishments, my satisfactions and my setbacks. They are only
opportunities for all of them to be revealed. It is in me that all these things
have their roots."
"You are right,” the Wise Man
said. “According to what they wake up in you, the others reveal you to yourself.
Be grateful to those who make your enjoyment and pleasure vibrate. But be also
grateful to those who create in you suffering or frustration, because, through
them, life teaches you what is left in you to learn and the path that you still
have to walk." And the Old Man disappeared.
A bit further, the Prince
arrived in front of a door, on which these words were written: CHANGE YOURSELF".
"If I am myself the cause of my
problems, it is indeed what's left in me to work on", he said to himself. And he
began his 3rd fight. He tried to bend his character, to fight his
imperfections, to abolish his defects, to change everything that did not please
him in himself, everything that did not correspond to his ideal.
After many years of this fight,
in which he met some success, but also, some failures and some resistances, the
Prince met the Wise Man who asked him: “What have you learnt on your path?"
"I have learnt”, the Prince
answered, ”that there are things that we can improve, others that resist to us
and that we can't manage to break." "That's good!" the Wise Man said.
"Yes”, the Prince went on, ”but
I am beginning to be tired of fighting against everything, against everybody,
against myself. Won't there be an end to it one day? When shall I find a rest?
I want to stop fighting, to give up, to abandon everything, I want to let go
!" "It is precisely your next lesson“, the Old Wise Man said.
“But before going any further,
turn round and behold the path covered." And he disappeared. On looking back,
the Prince saw in the distance the 3rd door, and noticed that it was carrying a
text on its back, saying : "ACCEPT YOURSELF."
The Prince was surprised not to
have seen this writing when he went through the door, the other way. "When one
fights, one becomes blind”, he said to himself. He also saw, lying on the
ground, scattered around him, everything he had thrown away and fought against
in him: his defects, his shadows, his fears, his limits, all his old worries.
He had learnt then how to recognize them, to accept them, to love them. He had
learnt how to love himself without comparing himself to the others any more,
without judging himself, without reprimanding himself. He met the Old Wise Man
who asked him: "What have you learnt on your path?"
"I have learnt”, the Prince
answered,” that hating or refusing a part of myself, it is to condemn myself
never to be in agreement with myself. I learnt how to accept myself, totally,
unconditionally." "That's good!”, the Old Man said, it is the first rule
in Wisdom. Now you can go back through the 3rd door." He had no sooner reached
the other side, that the Prince perceived far away the back side of the second
door, on which he could read: "ACCEPT THE OTHERS".
All around him, he could
recognize the persons he had been with all his life through; those he had loved
as well as those he had hated. Those he had supported and those he had fought.
But the biggest surprise of all for him was that now, he was absolutely unable
to see their imperfections, their defects, what formerly had embarrassed him so
much, and against which he had fought. He met the Old Wise Man again. "What have
you learnt on your path?" he asked him.
“I have learnt”, the Prince
answered, “that by being in agreement with myself, I had no more anything to
blame in the others, no more anything to be afraid of in them. I have learnt
how to accept and to love the others, totally, unconditionally."
"That's good!", the Old Wise
Man said. “It is the second rule in Wisdom. You can go back through the second
door.” On reaching the other side of the second door, the Prince perceived in
the distance the back side of the first door, on which he could read: "ACCEPT
“Strangely enough”, he said to
himself, “that I did not see these words on the first time”. He looked all
around him and recognized this world which he had tried to conquer, to
transform, to change. He was struck by the brightness and the beauty of every
thing. By their perfection. Nevertheless, it was the same world as before. Was
it the world which had changed or the glance he had on it? He met the Old Wise
Man who asked him: "What have you learnt on your path?"
"I have learnt”, the Prince
said, that the world is a mirror for my soul. That my soul can't see the world,
it sees itself in the world. When my soul is cheerful, the world seems
cheerful to it. When it is overcome, the world seems sad to it. The world
itself is neither sad nor cheerful. It IS there; it exists; it is everything. It
was Not the world that disturbed me, but the idea that I had of it. I have
learnt to accept it without judging it, to accept it totally, unconditionally.
“It is 3rd rule of Wisdom”, the
Old Man said. “You are here now in agreement with ourself, with the others and
with the World.” A profound feeling of peace, serenity, plenitude, filled the
Prince. Silence was in him.
"Now, you are ready to go past
the last Threshold”, the Old Wise Man said, “the one that goes from the silence
of Plenitude to the Plenitude of Silence ". And the Old Man disappeared.
(Text proposed by Françoise Laurent)
A young black boy saw a balloon
seller on a street corner. His eyes sparkled as he gazed at all the different
colored balloons - red, blue, white, black, yellow...
The old man selling the
balloons saw the boy hesitate, then gather his courage and approach. "Tell me
mister," said the boy, "Do the black balloons fly as high as the others?"
The old man felt a tear
forming in his eye. He picked the boy up, sat him on his knee and said, "Look."
He let go of all the balloons. They drifted up in a cluster, higher and higher
into the blue sky, until they were so high they disappeared.
"Did you see that?" the balloon
seller asked. "Yes," said the boy.
"Did the black balloons fly as
high as the others?"
"Yes, Mister, they did." "You
see my boy, the balloons are like people. The important thing isn't their color,
or what they look like on the outside. No, the important thing is WHAT'S INSIDE.
And what's inside you makes all the difference in life." (c)2002
"When someone's character seems impossible to fathom, observe his
friends." Japanese proverb
THE SECRET OF SUCCESS
During a meeting of top salespeople from around the country, the 'big cheese'
himself, a man who'd consistently had the highest sales figures for the last 20
years, and who earned more money than even the owner of his company, got up to
am now going to reveal the secret of my success," he said. "I wrote it down on a
piece of paper and I put it in this envelope. But success must be earned. So I'm
going to sell the envelope to the highest bidder. You have my word that it
contains what I said - the Secret of my Success, not only as a salesman, but
also in life."
bidding started slowly... $5, then $10, then $50, $100, $130, $150, $200.
Finally one of his colleagues bought the envelope for $1000. The happy buyer
took the envelope and kept it to himself until he got home that night. Only then
did he open it to learn THE SECRET OF SUCCESS.
do you think was written on the piece of paper? Think about it. Make a mental
note of whatever comes to mind before reading the answer. Because I am going to
tell you what it was later in this e-mail. And in my opinion what was written on
that piece of paper is worth much more than $1000.
winner of the auction tore open the envelope, unfolded the piece of paper and
read the following hand-written words:
THE SUCCESS' SECRET IS... TO ASK.
"Action does not always lead to happiness, but there is no happiness
without action." Benjamin Disraeli
"Better do things yourself than hope they
will be done." Scottish Proverb
The donkey and the carrot
Filipo really enjoyed helping his father in the flour mill. He led the donkey up to the millstone,
tied it securely, fixed over its head a stick, at the end of which he suspended the proverbial carrot.
After that, he only had to give the donkey a couple of shoves to start it moving.
From morning to evening the animal circled slowly following the carrot, while Filipo daydreamed,
leaning up against bags of flour. His father Ernesto carried the sheaves of corn to the barn and spent
time checking the wheels of the huge mill.
The young boy's donkey was very reliable, and day after day it plodded fruitlessly after the carrot that
it would never get.
One evening when the exhausted donkey had finished its last circle and Filipo was helping his father
arrange the bags of flour, he said thoughtfully:
"Look at this foolish donkey, going around and around day in and day out in the heat, without food
or drink, trying to reach a carrot that it has no hope of getting.
I will never be like that."
Filipo's father dropped his last sack, put his hands on his hips and eyed his son, "Do you think we
are so different from the donkey? We work equally hard from morning until night. Then we return
home, eat some food and go to bed where we dream that with a little luck, life will be a little easier
tomorrow; that fortune will smile on us and that we won't have to work anymore.
But in the morning with our aching backs and our tired hands, we understand just how far away the
carrot is, and just how long it will be before we reach it."
Is our society any different from the theme of this short story? We chase success relentlessly, to fulfill
our desires for wealth and comfort.
The wonderful advertisements, the fabulous shop windows and the salesmen encouraging us to
consume. Wouldn't it be worth minimizing our ambitions and desires so that we could have the
possibility of satisfying them - and actually GET the carrot?
"Inner satisfaction is a truth of which we could be more hopeful". Spinoza
When Franz Liszt, the great composer, was a mere youth, his elder brother chided him for spending
his time on music and told him that he himself was going to be a great landowner.
The would-be landowner scorned his young brother's musical bent, holding that a talent for music
would only ruin a man.
Franz, however, stuck to his bent, and even ran away several times in order to gratify the ambition
for a musical career, which was discouraged at home.
Years later when the elder brother had become a wealthy landowner he called on Franz, who was
still a struggling musician.
Not finding him at home he left his card which bore the inscription,
"Herr Liszt, Landowner."
When more years had passed and the young composer had finally won out, he returned the call of
his landowner brother and presented his card , which read,
"Herr Liszt, Brain-owner."
God & Evil
The professor of a university challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything
that exists?" A student answered bravely, "Yes, he did".
The professor then asked, "If God created everything, then he created evil. Since evil exists (as
noticed by our own actions), so God is evil.
The student couldn't respond to that statement causing the professor to conclude that he had
"proved" that "belief in God" was a fairy tale, and therefore worthless.
Another student raised his hand and asked the professor, "May I pose a question? ", "Of course"
answered the professor.
The young student stood up and asked: "Professor does Cold exists?"
The professor answered, "What kind of question is that?...Of course the cold exists... haven't
you ever been cold?"
The young student answered, "In fact sir, Cold does not exist. According to the laws of Physics,
what we consider cold, in fact is the absence of heat. Anything is able to be studied as long as
it transmits energy (heat). Absolute Zero is the total absence of heat, but cold does not exist.
What we have done is create a term to describe how we feel if we don't have body heat or we
are not hot."
"And, does Dark exist?", he continued.
The professor answered "Of course". This time the student responded, "Again you're wrong, Sir.
Darkness does not exist either. Darkness is in fact simply the absence of light. Light can be
studied, darkness can not. Darkness cannot be broken down. A simple ray of light tears the
darkness and illuminates the surface where the light beam finishes. Dark is a term that we
humans have created to describe what happens when there's lack of light."
Finally, the student asked the professor, "Sir, does evil exist?"
The professor replied, "Of course it exists, as I mentioned at the beginning, we see violations,
crimes and violence anywhere in the world, and those things are evil."
The student responded,
"Sir, Evil does not exist. Just as in the previous cases, Evil is a term which man has
created to describe the result of the absence of God's presence in the hearts of man.
After this, the professor bowed down his head, and didn't answer back. The young man's name
was ALBERT EINSTEIN
"Go placidly amid the noise and
haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible,
without surrender, be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and
clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and ignorant; they too have
Avoid loud and aggressive
persons; they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser
persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well
as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble, it's a real
possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business
affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what
virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is
full of heroism.
Be yourself. Especially do not
feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity
and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the
years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit
to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark
imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness. Beyond a wholesome
discipline, be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether
or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive him to be. And whatever
your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your
soul. With all its sham, drudgery and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful
world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy."
-------------- "Desiderata" was written in 1927 by Max Ehrmann
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