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The Obstacle in our Path

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then
he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the
huge rock. Some of the kirig's wealthiest merchants and courtiers
came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the
king for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about
getting the stone out of the way. Then a peasant came along
carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the
peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the
side of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally
succeeded. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables, he
noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The
purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king
indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the
boulder from the roadway. The peasant learned what many of us
never understand. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to
improve our condition.

Frog in a Milk-Pail

A frog was hopping around a farmyard, when it decided to investigate the barn. Being somewhat careless, a
maybe a little too curious, he ended up falling into a pail half-filled with fresh milk. As he swam about attem
to reach the top of the pail, he found that the sides of the pail were too high and steep to reach. He tried to
stretch his back legs to push off the bottom of the pail but found it too deep. But this frog was determined
give up, and he continued to struggle. He kicked and squirmed and kicked and squirmed, until at last, all hi
churning about in the milk had turned the milk into a big hunk of butter. The butter was now solid enough f
him to climb onto and get out of the pail! "Never Give Up!"

Who Is The Rich Man?

One day a wealthy father took his son on a trip to the country so that the son could see how the poor lived.
spent a day and a night at the farm of a very poor family. When they got back from their trip, the father as
his son, "How was the trip?" "Very good, Dad!" "Did you see how poor people can be?" "Yeah!" "And what d
you learn?" The son answered, "I saw that we have a dog at home, and they have four. We have a pool tha
reaches to the middle of the garden; they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lamps in the ho
they have the stars. Our patio reaches to the front yard; they have the whole horizon." When the little boy
finished, the father was speechless. His son then added, "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!"

The Salesman

A young Salesperson was disappointed. He had lost an important sale. In discussing the matter with the Sa
Manager, the young man shrugged. "I guess," he said "it just proves you can lead a horse to water, but you
not make him drink." "Son," said the Sales Manager, "let me give you a piece of advice: your job is not to m
him drink. It's to make him thirsty."

Creative Thinking

Some time ago I received a call from a colleague. He was about to give a student a zero for his answer to a
physics question, while the student claimed a perfect score. The instructor and the student agreed to an

"I know I can't help having troubles on the job. From the difference between the two values of g. While I drove him home. If you tell me the height of the building. His tanned face was wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.5*a*t^^2.impartial arbiter." I said. so I asked what they were. his electric saw quit. While leaving colleague's office. Drop the barometer." At this poin asked my colleague if he would give up. can be calculated. opening the door. he invited me in to meet his family. and gave the student almost full credit. he had not written anything. using the formula x=0. timing its f with a stopwatch. that's my tro tree. there aren't nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before. The length of the rope is the height of the building. and then bring up. gave the student six minutes to answer the question with the warning that the answer should show some knowledge of physics. I asked if he wished to give but he said he had many answers to this problem. but the answer did not confirm this. "Well. attach a long rope to it. the length of its shadow. deep under his t . As you climb the stairs." The student had answere "Take the barometer to the top of the building. measuring the length of the rope. If you want a more sophisticated method. You could then calculate the height of the building by the period o precession". Superintendent. I will give you this barometer." said the student." "A very direct metho "Of course. I recalled that the student had said that he had other answers to the problem. but one thing for sure. and determine the value of g at the street level and at the top of the building. A tire made him lose an hour of work. When the superintendent answers. you could take the barometer out on a sunny day and measure the height the barometer. "when I come out in the morning t them up. I pick them up again. if full credit were given. the height of the building. On arriving. and the length of the shadow of the building. he underwent an amazing transformation. you mark off the length of the barometer along the wall." To Fool a Wiseman There once was a man who was digging for gold. "there very basic measurement method you will like. he walked me to my car. Then. calculate the height of the building. For example. As we wa toward the front door." he replied. in principle. it could well contribute to a high grade in his physics course and to certify competence in physics. and this will give you the height of the building in barometer units. you could take the barometer to the top of the building. you can tie the barometer to the end of a string. "Fine. lower it to just above street." The student real a strong case for full credit since he had really answered the question completely and correctly! On the othe hand. The Troubles Tree The carpenter I hired to help me restore an old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job." At this point. I suggested that the student have another try. troubles don't belo the house with my wife and the children. and I was selected. swin as a pendulum. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier. here is a fine barometer. "and others?" "Yes. And he discovered a large streak of gold. and then swing it as a pendulum." said the student. he was just thinking of the best one. We passed the and my curiosity got the better of me. but said that he was fed up wi high school and college instructors trying to teach him how to think. he dashed off his answer which read: " the barometer to the top of the building and lean over the edge of the roof. At the end of five minutes. you take the barometer and begin to walk up stairs. he sat in stoney silence. In this method. In the next minute. Afterward." he smiled. "Finally. "there are many other ways of solving the problem. Probably the best." he concluded. I asked the student if he rea not know the conventional answer to this question. "Oh." "On this tact." "Funny thing is. You then count the number of marks. you speak to him as follows: 'Mr. touching the tips of the branches with both hands. he paused briefly at a small tree. attach a long rope to it. He conceded. and by the use of sim proportion. lower it to the street. determine the height of the building. He admitted that he did.I read the examination question: "SHOW HOW IT IS POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE THE HEIGHT OF A TALL BUILDING WITH THE AID OF A BAROMETER. So I just hang them up on the tree every night when I come hom Then in the morning. "there are many ways of getting the height of a tall building with aid of a barometer. and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. "is to take the barometer to the basement and knock on the superintendent's door. I excused myself fo interrupting him and asked him to please go on. said.

fooling both the fools and the wise men. But th wise people of the town. "All FAKES. they got a good laugh out of it. "What are the 'big rock my life?" Then. He then asked the group once more. time with loved ones." The people were heart broken." the speaker replied. a professor went to a Zen Master. the monkeys are content. put those in your jar first. The Master quietly po a cup of tea. ask yourself this question. everyone else will grab it". he gav them the terrible news. Then he then planted 1000's of pieces all over his town. He reached under the table and brought out a bucket of sand. he thought of an ingenious plan. a worthy cause. The man who devised the plan. But when people started taking their pieces to the town jeweler. 3 bananas in the Morning and 4 in the Afternoon." Then he grabbed a pitcher of water and began to pour until the jar was filled to the brim. And every once in a while a real piece of gold would surface. In a few days. your education. creeks. slowly started to buy up all the fake pieces. "Good!" he replied. and everywhere one could imagine. Zhuangzi told this story to his disciples to make a point: Once a zookeeper said to his monkeys: "You'll get bananas in the Morning and 4 in the afternoon. As he stood in front of the group of high-powere over-achievers he said. time for a quiz" and he pulled out a one-gallon. an expert in time management was speaking to a group of business students and. He started dumping the sand in the jar and it we into all of the spaces left between the rocks and the gravel. Then he took the largest piece and ran down the street screaming. in of the town jeweler. one time. no matter how full your schedule is. 100s of pieces were found.But he said to himself. tonight. but there are many wise people in this town. When the jar was filled to the top and no more rocks would fit inside. he asked." The time management expert replied. I'VE FOUND GOLD. So he tried to devised a plan easy to fool a fool". "if word gets out about this." This caused quite a commotion in his little town. The professor could not stand this any longer. "The point is. to drive home a point. soon dozens of people were out with picks and shovels. your faith. "Okay. One should realize that sometimes a chang phrasing does not represent a real change. "I've done that many times. wide-mouth mason jar and s on the table in front of him. you'll never get them in at all. The truth t illustration teaches us is. used an illustration those students will never forget. "Why do you keep pouring when the cup is full?" "I want to point out to . Once again he said. he said. your dreams. Time Management One day. He went across the state purchased a large load of Iron Pyrite (fools gold). "that's not the point. "I'VE FOUND GOLD. He asked him to explain the meaning of Zen. into the jar. How about 4 bananas in Morn and 3 in the afternoon?" Hearing this. And the wise people of the town would scoff whenever a rumor came up about real gol he continued to mine to gold in peace. "OK. "Good. Then he looked at the class and asked. i rivers. but people would take it to him. "Is this ja full?" Everyone in the class yelled. gullies. What are the rocks' in your life. so he questioned the Master impatiently. "What is the point of this illustrat One eager beaver raised his hand and said." one of them answered. "If you don't put the big rocks in first. The cup was full but he continued to pour. their euphoria turned into gloom. all the Picks. if you try rea hard you can always fit some more things in it!" "No. He also produced about a dozen fist-sized rocks and carefully placed them. "Is the full?" By this time the class was on to him. the morning. how keep them from finding this gold?" After a while. So. "Really?" He reached under table and pulled out a bucket of gravel." All monkeys are upset. "Probably not. teaching mentoring others? Remember to put these BIG ROCKS in first or you'll never get them in at all. Once more he asked the question. "Yes. "Is this jar fu "No!" the class shouted. who were cautious and not so quick to rush in. when you are reflecting on this short story. He dumped some gravel in and shook the jar causing pieces of grav work themselves down into the spaces between the big rocks. and there a great euphoria covering the town. Beginner's Mind Once. shovels and other min equipment.

" The Brick A young and successful executive was traveling down a neighborhood street. the boy asked the stunned executive. There is no drawing against the "tomorrow. To realize the value of ONE-SECOND." You must live in the present on today's deposits. Too shook up for words. whatever of this you have failed to invest good purpose. empty y mind of preconceptions before you attempt to understand Zen.? The astronomer asked him how far he h . "He rolled off the curb and fell out of his wheelchair and I can't lift him up. a physicist. Remember that time waits for no one. ?What do you thin these ideas?? The boatman replied.. "that you are similarly attempting to understand Zen while your mind is full. ask the lovers who are waiting to meet. and success! The clock is running. It was a long. If you fail to use the day's deposits." he said. going a bit too fast in his new Jaguar. they discussed string theory. ask a person who ju avoided an accident. The angry d then jumped out of the car. a mathematician. Every mornin credits you with 86. Why did you do it?" The young boy was apologetic.400 seconds. To realize the value of ONE WEEK. "Please." N sobbing. the loss is yours. Instead. There is no goin back.. Make the most of toda realize the value of ONE YEAR." the grateful child told the stranger. To realize the value ONE MINUTE. special enough to spend your time." he pleaded. "It's my brother. "I threw the brick because no one would stop!" With tears dripping down his face and off his chin. "Wh was that all about and who are you? Just what the heck are you doing? That's a new car and that brick you threw is going to cost a lot of money. "Would you please help me get him back into his wheelchair hurt and he's too heavy for me.400." Moved beyond words. ask a person who missed the train. the Gaea Hypothesis and other abstruse topics. the man simply watched t boy push his wheelchair-bound brother down the sidewalk toward their home. ?I didn?t understand any of it. slow walk back the Jaguar. Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. of course! Each of us has such a bank. He hurriedly lifted the handicapped boy back into the wheelchair. as lost. Yesterday is his Tomorrow is mystery. a brick smashed into the Jag's side door! slammed on the brakes and backed the Jag back to the spot where the brick had been thrown. Invest as to get from it the utmost in health. First. The damage was very noticeable. It carries over no balance. He asked him. the youth pointed to a spot just around a p car. ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.the Master said. Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it wit someone special. Every night it writes off. As the in the boat. It carries over no balance fro day to day.please! I'm sorry but I didn't know what else to do. To realize the value of ONE MONTH. an astronomer and a molecular biologist hired a boatman to row them around on the lake. A quick look told him everything was going to be okay. "Thank you an may God bless you. To realize the value of ONE HOUR. W would you do? Draw out every cent. It allows no overdraft. biologist noticed the boatman looking at them from the corner of his eyes. mister. Each day it opens a new account for you. but the driver never bothered to repair the dented side door. Today is a gift. Its name is TIME. happiness. then took out a linen handkerchief dabbed at the fresh scrapes and cuts. ask a mother who gave birth to a premature baby. ask a student who failed a grade. After the first day?s proceedings. the driver tried to swallow the rapidly swelling lump throat. grabbed the nearest kid and pushed him up against a parked car shouting. bubble universes. That's why it's called the present! Knowledge A scientific convention was held at a lakeside resort. As his car passed. no children appeared. He was watching for kids darting out from between parked cars and slowed down when he thought saw something. kept the dent there to remind him of this message "Don't go through life so fast that someone has to throw brick at you to get your attention!" Time Imagine there is a bank that credits your account each morning with $86. E night it burns the remains of the day.

who would then have bought shoes. Perhaps he was going to buy bread. who will then buy bread. far shore. the troops stopped by a small temple to pray for victory. They deserve your atten and care. making the move necessary. ?Help! We can?t swim!? The boatm called back. Everyone sympathizes with the whose window was broken. petite. The child did not bring any net be to the town. benefitting the cobbler. Instead. It landed with the heads on top. she smiled sweetly when told her room was ready. Her husband of 70 years recently passed away. The 92-year-old. He told them he couldn?t even read. I also learned her nam was Dorothy. If it's tails. Happiness is an attitude. "I am going to implore the gods to help us crush our enemy. but they ignored the hidden costs to the shopkeeper and others. After many hours of wa patiently in the lobby of the nursing home. As she maneuvered her walker to the elevator. until I read the last one: "What is the first name of the woman who cle the school?" Surely this was some kind of joke. wit hair fashionably coifed and makeup perfectly applied. benefitting the baker. Along the way to the battle field. but you seem to have wasted your whole lives. The boatman started swimming for shore. moved to a nursing h today. Or perhaps would have bought a new shirt. The general held up a coin and told his troops. the smaller army won the battle soldiers were exalted. Our fate is in the hands of the gods. Instead of a window and bread.. "Absolu said the professor. leaving the last question bla Just before class ended. The scientists cried out.? The boatman remained silent. etc Finally. who is fully dressed each morning by eight o'clock. we'll lose. our professor gave us a pop quiz. he had only a window. etc. All of a sudden. the general tossed the coin. The waves started churning and heaving. Fate Is in Your Own Hands Once upon a time. one student asked if the last question would count towards our quiz grade. benefitting the tailor. but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper. Just as predicted." I've never forgotten that lesson. the onlookers conclude that the little boy was not guilty of vandalism. he made the town poorer by the value of one window. A sudden storm whipped up. haired and in her 50's. you will meet many people. The Broken Window Fallacy This parable describes a shopkeeper whose window is broken by a little boy. If th coin lands with the heads on top. ?I hate to say it. there was a general who was leading his army into battle against an enemy ten times th of his own." After a short prayer.studied. even if all you do is smile and say 'hello'.? said the physicist. even though she is legally blind. bu instead he was forced to buy a window. we'll win. I provided a visual description of her tiny room. ?but you seem to have w a good part of your life. By now they were out in the middle of the lake. who will then buy shoes. The troo were overjoyed and went into the battle with high siprit. an again the shopkeeper has only a window instead of a window and a shirt. She was tall. I was a conscientious studen had breezed through the questions. but pretty soon they start to suggest that the broken window makes work for th glazier. ?I hate to say it. He was forced to spend his money on a new window. I had seen the cleaning woman several times. in that case the glazier's gain was the tailor's loss. Let's wholeheartedly. All are significant. the boat flipp over. "It's good to have the gods on our side! No one can change what they have determin "Really?" The general show them the coin--both sides of it were heads. instead he was a public benef creating economic benefits for everyone in town The fallacy of the onlookers' argument is that they conside the positive benefits of purchasing a new window.? Most Important Lesson During my second month of nursing school. "In your careers. and therefore could not have spent it on some else. benefitting the baker. well-poised and proud lady. including the eyele .

Whether I like m room or not doesn't depend on how the furniture is arranged . I can spend the day in bed recounting the difficulty I have with the parts of my body that no longer work." says the preacher. Then open another door and pick any cross you wish. "Gimmie a break pa sent you 2 boats and a chopper" Donkey in the well One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. the hotel is almost completely und water and the preacher is clinging to the satellite dish on the roof." he sighed. it's how I arrange my mind. Lord." Toward evening. Then. A few shovel loads later. "The Lord will save me. everyone was amaze the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and trotted off! Life is going to shovel dirt on you." An hour later a second boat reaches the scene and the water is close to the roof of the hotel." 3 Frogs Question: There were once three frogs on a log and on of them made a decision to jump in. "Lord. you better get in. and as long as my eyes open I'll focus on the new day and all the h memories I've stored away ." . And the Lord replied.." "That doesn't anything to do with it. a coast guard rescue party floats by in a rowb "Let's go mister. This is your last chance. "My son. and did as he was told. "I have too heavy a cross to bear.. Pretty soon. I have a choice." she replied." says the prea as he looks heavenward. the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly. Seeing no way out." he whispered.. The Lord will be my salvation. They all gra a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. to everyone's amazement. place your cross inside this room. Within a few hours the hotel he is staying in becomes flooded." he said. He would shake it off and take a step up." "I'll stay here. As he looked around the room he saw many different crosses. Into the boat. "Lord. How many wer Answer: There are still three frogs on a log.. the wa still rising. save me so continue on my mission of preaching your gospel.. "I love it. just for this time in my life. When he arrived at the Pearly Gates he was furious. the preacher climbs to the roof and starts praying.sheets that had been hung on her window. the donkey w doing something amazing.. "Happiness is something you decide on ahead of time. "What happened. As the water rises. he only made a decision. that's the cross you brought in. Finally he decided the animal was old. At first. or get out of bed and be tha for the ones that do. the farmer finally lo down the well and was astonished at what he saw. "I know the Lord will provide sanctuary. if you can't bear it's weight. "I thought the Lord would provide!" Moments later a thunderous voice is heard. Lord. some so large the tops were not visible. "My son." she stated with the enthusiasm of an eight-year-old h just been presented with a new puppy. Jones. the satellite dish is lightning and the preacher is killed." Just then. I already decid love it . The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up." The Lord replied. Then he spotted a tiny cross leaning against a fa "I'd like that one.." The man was filled relief." As the boat departs. As the farmer's neighbours continued t shovel dirt on top of the animal. "Sir. he would shake it off and take a step up. he quietened down. " shouts. he took no action! Help Yourself A traveling preacher finds himself in a tremendous rainstorm." "No thanks. that the well needed to be covered anyway and that wasn't worth retrieving the donkey. Your Burden The young man was at the end of his rope. I c go on.. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to out what to do. all kinds dirt. So he invited all his neighbours to come over and help him. Each day is a gift. just wait. A helicopter is spotted and on a loudspea heard "Sir. grab on to the line and we will pull you up.. you haven't seen the room . "Thank you. "Mrs. he dropped to his knees in prayer. It's a decision I make every morning when I wake up. "I'm all right. With every shovel of dirt that hit his back.

He smiled to himself to think of someone who would dance to day. past the breaking waves and said. "Throwing starfish in the ocean. it must be difficult to stay so serious. his mind reeling. and then another! People continue to jump in to save t babies and then see that one person has started to walk away from the group still on shore." The young man stopped. find a small s please. His eyes scanned the landscape. "But Master. But it is responsibility to ask. Master. but if you as right questions. change what y are going to do before you do it. "Now. If you're working with doctor to treat an illness. approached him. only to cause more ripples. yet another baby comes floating down the river. Keep asking questions. then you shall discover the answers. why are you throwing starfish in the ocean?" "The sun is up and the tide is going out." The Master looked kindly upon the young man. "Please sit down. "But I came to you to ask yo answers. only unasked ones. picked another starfish and it into the sea. Watching intently. the young man brushed the ground to clear a space for himself. Accusingly the . framed by sycamore trees. "On such a beautiful day. we cannot receive answers. patting the ground next to him. "What?" "A stone. He had a habit of w on the beach before he began his work. Shocked." the Master invited." the Master asked. the young man could not be upset. the young man stuck his hand in the water as a ripple neared." "Please reach your hand the water and stop the ripples. then ask the doctor to help you understand what caused the illness." the M instructed. As he looked down the be he saw a human figure moving like a dancer. Straining his eyes to not miss a single detail. then?" "No. of course not." the young man said. No one else can do that for you." "What if you had stopped the pebble from entering the water to begin with?" The Master smi such a beautiful smile. catch stone before it hits the water. for without asking." the Master said. the Master continued to "Join me if you like. Not understanding. Please find a small stone and throw it in the pond." the Master instructed. "Next time you are unhappy with your life. "Were you able to stop the ripples with your hands?" the Ma asked. they see an infant floating--drowning--in the water. the young man grabbed a pebble and threw it as far as he could. But as this is g on. We must ask. Master?" "There ar wrong questions. Then bent down. Rather. One day he was walking along the shore. Master. Look carefully before sitting." "I guess I should have asked. he saw that it was a young man and the youn man wasn't dancing. So he began to walk faster to catch up. turning to look around and notice his surroundings." Searc around him. his mind elsewhere. don't you realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it.The Ripple Effect The Master was walking through the fields one day when a young man. As he got closer. "I see ripple "Where did the ripples come from?" "From the pebble I threw in the pond. their leaves golden orange and about to fall. Where w this going? Had he made a mistake in seeking out the Master? After all he was not a student. And if I don't throw them in they'l "But. One person immediately dives in to rescue the child. young man. Are you saying that I know the answers?" "You may not know the answers right now." The River A group of people are standing at a river bank and suddenly hear the cries of a baby." Make a Difference Once upon a time there was a wise man who used to go to the ocean to do his writing. but instead he was reaching down to the shore."Good morning! What are you doing?" The young paused." "Could you have stopped the ripples. "Is it? I h noticed." "But what are the right questions." The Master walked to the edge of a still pond. the man looked at the water's surface. You can possibly make a difference!" The young man listened politely. perhaps he co not be helped? Puzzled. picking up something and very gently throwing it into the ocean. Do not spend time trying to undo what you have done. how will I kn what I am going to do before I do it?" "Take the responsibility for living your own life. a troubled look upon his face. looked up and replied. I told you I only cause more ripples. As he got closer he called out. but nothing seemed to register. "No. "It made a difference for that one. "Tell me what you see. The young man was now completely baffled. the young man waited. Do not just tr the ripples.

and was cheered somewhat. Mom and Dad. and I want him to come live with us. After two years of enduring this bitter shame. We find it easy to love those who are good-lookin fun to have around." At that point. "I want to hide something from the humans until they are re for it. One o pots had a crack in it. "Did you not notice that there were flowers only on your si . has nowhere else to go." Indeed. who lives i breast of Mother Earth. the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments. "I am ashamed of myself and I apologize to you. and who has no physical eyes but sees with spiritual eyes." "No. I will take it to t moon. and we can't let something like this interfere with our lives." "I'm sorry to hear that.shout. son. A few days later. I have a friend I'd like to bri home with me. they were told. For tw years this went on daily." The salmon said. At th of the long walk from the stream to the master's house. but I've a favor to ask. but we don't like people who inconvenience us or make us feel uncomfortable." The Creator said. Someone with such a handicap would be a terrible burden on us. We wou rather stay away from people who aren't as healthy. I want him to live with us. for these past two years. "you do know what you're asking." Grandmother Mole. "It is done. The Water Bearer A water bearer had two large pots. and you don't get full value from your efforts. the pot spoke to the water bearer on by the stream. It is the realization that they create their own reality. T recognized him. "he was hurt pretty badly in the fighting. "They will cut into the skin of the Earth and find it even there. I think you should just come home forget about this guy. Because of my flaws. said. They will go there too. Maybe we can h him find somewhere to live. the son hung up the phone. He stepped on a land mind and lost an arm and a leg. I'm coming home. He'll find a way to live on his own." The buffalo said. with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master's hou Of course. as they went up the hill. beautiful." "There's something you should know. We have our ow lives to live." "Sure." The Creator said." Physical Judgement A story is told about a soldier who was finally coming home after having fought in Vietnam. it still felt the old shame because it had leaked out half its load. however. One day they will go there and find it." they replied. "No. "As we return to the master's house." The eagle said." "Why?" asked the bearer. "I will bury it on the bottom of the ocean. the old cracked pot took notice of the su warming the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path. B the poor cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection. and in his compassion he said." said the father. and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water. but to their horror they also discovered something they didn't know. I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path. But at the end of th trail. the cracked pot always arrived only half full. The griefstricken parents flew to San Francisco and were taken to the city morgue to identify the body of their son. and miserable that it was unable to accomplish it had been made to do. you have to do this work. they received a call from the San Francisco police Their son had died after falling from a building. fulfilled in the design for which it was made. The police believed it was suicide. their son had only one and one leg. "Put it inside of the And the Creator said." the so continued. The bearer said to the pot. "I will bury it on the Great Plains. and so again the pot apologized to the bearer for its failure. to deliver only half my load because this crack in side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master's house. or smart as we are. "Mom and Dad. "What are you ashamed of?" "I have been able." "Son. The water bearer felt sorry for the o cracked pot." the pot said. The pa heard nothing more from him. "we'd love to meet him. "where are you going?" The response: "I'm going upstream to stop whoever's throwing babies into t river Creation . The parents in this story are like many of us. "Give it to me." "No. one hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. He called his pa from San Francisco.A Sioux Indian Story The Creator gathered all of Creation and said.

On that day a small opening appeared. It just seemed to be stuck. decided to help the moth. The man continued to watch the moth because he expected that. he sat and watched the moth for several hours as the moth struggled to force the body through that little hole. Along comes a fox. He took it home so that he could watch the moth come out of t cocoon. he deprived the moth of health. so he took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bit of the co The moth then emerged easily.D. We're all cracked pots. Neither happened! In fact. "You all have A's. We would not be as strong as what we could have been. The Axe A man who lost his axe suspected his neighbour's son of stealing it. as he observed the boy. too. the wings would enlarge and expand to be able support the body. Acknowledge them. which would contract in time. Thesis Scene It's a fine sunny day in the forest. Fox "What are you working on?" Rabbit "My thesis. But it had a swollen body and small. the wa lad walked. out for a walk." Rabbit's Ph. in his kindness." One final student ro and took the offer. anyone who would like to opt out of the final exam today w receive a "B" for the course. To him. The professor closed the door and took attendance of those students remaining. What man in his kindness and haste did not understand was that the restricting cocoon and the struggle required the moth to get through the tiny opening was the way of forcing fluid from the body of the moth into its win that it would be ready for flight once it achieved its freedom from the cocoon. nothing about the boy's behaviour nor appearance seemed t suggest that he had stolen the axe. If we were to go through our life without any obstacles. and every day while we've walked back fro stream. an you. can bring something beautiful to the Father. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our life. you've watered them." Fox "Hm . I planted flower seeds on your side of the path. "Any one else? This is your last chance. For two years I have been able to pick these beautiful flowers to decorate my master's table. I know you've all worked extremely hard a many of you are off to medical school after summer." of us has flaws. It never was able to fly. Struggle A man found a cocoon of an emperor moth. we w be crippled. he would not have this beauty to grace his house. and not on the other pot's side? That's because I have always known about your flaw. Give every opportunity a chance. Without you being just the way you are. It appeare if it had gotten as far as it could and it could go no farther. at any moment. By depriving the moth of a struggle. tippy-tapping on his typewriter. Then it seemed to stop making any progress. When he saw his neighbour's son again. Freedom and flight would onl come after the struggle. Then the man. the Lord will use our flaws to grace His Fath table. the manner of his speech . As the last taker left the room. about to hand out the final exam." he said. and I took advantage of it. the professor looked out ov the handful of remaining students and asked. the expression on his face. The Final Exam A professor stood before his class of 20 senior organic biology students. "I'm gla see you believe in yourself. Not long afterwards the man found his axe while digging in cellar. shriveled wings. passed by th professor to thank him and sign out on his offer. So that no one gets their GP messed up because they have been celebrating a bit too much this week. In God's great economy." There was much rejoicing amongst the class as students got up. " want to say that it's been a pleasure teaching you this fact everything about his appearance behaviour betrayed that he had stolen the axe. Don't be afraid of your flaws.the path. But if we will allow Him. nothing goes to waste. the little moth spent the rest of crawling around with a swollen body and shriveled body and shriveled wings. and a rabbit is sitting outside his burrow.

lay down at the bottom of the pit. and the Hawk A Mouse who always lived on the land. A Parable of Two Frogs A group of frogs were hopping contentedly through the woods." (loud guffaws) Wolf "You don't expect to ge such rubbish published. He tied the foot of the Mous tightly to his own. the two frogs began to jump with all of their might. Spent and disheartened. Scene: in the rabbit's burrow. His companions began anew. The Frog enjoyed the water amazingly. carrying it back to his nest. and goes back to typing. Amazed. dragging the Mouse with him. because they were as g as dead Unwilling to accept this terrible fate. Do you want to see why?" The rabbit and the wolf go the burrow. going about their froggy business. "Choose your allies carefu The Town Up Ahead . Your destructive. one of the frogs took heed to the calls of his fellows.What's it about?" Rabbit "Oh. he gradually led him towards the pond in which he lived. a wolf comes along and stops to watch the hardworking rabbit. It doesn't matter what you use for data. After a few minutes. they may be the weapons that de someone's desire to continue trying . The other frog continued to jump with every ounce of energy he had. Finally. by an unlucky chance. Some of t frogs shouted into the pit that it was hopeless." (incredulous pause) Fox "That's ridiculous! Any fool knows that rabbits don't eat foxes. was also carried off a prisoner." Rabbit "Sure they do. What he had perceived as encouragement inspired him to try harder and to succeed again odds. In another corner. I'm writing about how rabbits eat foxes. and died as the others looked on in helpless grief.wonder of wonders! finally leapt so high that he s from the pit. The Mouse. although his body was wracked with pain he was completely exhausted. more obedient to the froggy rules. The Frog. until reaching the ba the water. and that the two frogs wouldn't be in that situation if they h been more careful. Soon. formed an intimate acquaintance with a Frog lived. there is a pile of fox bones. In one corner. The weary frog jumped harder and harder and . A Hawk observed the foating Mouse from t sky. an swam croaking about. When they saw how deep the pit was. alone. One day. a huge lion is belching and picking his teeth. for the most part. as if he had done a good deed. stop the pain just die. After this. This simple story contains a powerful lesson. and again the rabbit returns by himself. and more responsible. Come with They both disappear into the rabbit's burrow. he thought they we cheering him on. (The End) Moral It doesn't matter wha choose for a thesis subject. The other frogs continued sorrowfully shouting that they should save their energy and give up. do you?" Rabbit "No problem. a pile of wolf bones. Your encouraging words can lift someone up and help th make it through the day. and I can prove it. Wolf "What's that yo writing?" Rabbit "I'm doing a thesis on how rabbits eat wolves. the other frogs celebrated his miraculous freedom and then gathering around him as "Why did you continue jumping when we told you it was impossible?" Reading their lips. he suddenly jumped in. after a few minutes. The unhappy Mouse was soon sputtered and drowned the water. All of the other frogs gathered around the pit to see what could be done to help th companions. and was eaten by the Hawk. in the water. and that when he saw their gestures and shouting. and dove down and grabbed it with his talons.or even their life. and after several hours of desperate effort were qu weary. On th other side of the room. the Frog was intent on mischief. the astonished frog explained to them that he was deaf. the Frog. What does matter is who you have for thesis advisor. and his poor dead body floating about on the surface. destroy their influence and have a lasting impact on the way others respond to them. Thus joined together. Your destructive words can cause deep wounds. being still fastene the leg of the Mouse. yelling for him to accept his fate. when two them fell into a deep pit. to his typewrite resumes typing. the Frog led his friend the Mouse to the meadow where they usuall searched for food. he quietly reso himself to his fate. careless word can diminish someo the eyes of others. since they were already as good as de The two frogs continued jumping as hard as they could. the rabbit returns. the rest of the dismayed group agreed that it was hope and told the two frogs in the pit that they should prepare themselves for their fate.

So he sen them each on a quest. hostile. Th third son disagreed. He told them that you cannot judge a tree. because th had each seen but only one season in the tree's life. he said it was laden with blossoms that smelled so sweet and looked so beautiful. helpful." A bit later. and asked the gas station attendant. fulfillment of your fall. heading in the same direction as the "What are the people like in the next town up ahead?" the second man asked. The first son said that the tr was ugly. a man pulled up into a gas station in the country. The attendant said. as if it couldn’t go further. The last son disagreed with all of them. Neither happened! In fact the butterfly spent the rest of its life crawling around. He wanted his sons to learn not to judge things too quickly. abrupt. "Friendly warm. The butterfly emerged easily but it had a swollen body and shriveled wings. The Story of the Butterfly A man found a cocoon of a butterfly. "What are the people like in the next town up ahead?" The attendant said. "What w the people like in the town you just came from?" "Wonderful people. He sat and watched the butterfly for several hours as it struggled to squeeze its body through the tiny hole." Four Seasons of a Tree There was a man who had four sons. and the youngest son in the fall. The second son said no it was covered with green buds and full of promise. or a person only one season. "I'm happy to tell you that you're going to find exactly the same kind of people in the next town up ahead. So the man decided to help the butterfly. They wouldn't giv the time of day. The man continued to watch it. and love that come from that can only be measured at the end. He took a pair of scissors and snipped off the remaining bits of cocoon." said the attendant. joy. When they had a gone and come back. "I'm sorry to say it. the third in summer. One day a small opening appeared. What the man in his kindness and haste did not understand: The restricting cocoon and the struggle ." "Well. kind. it wa most graceful thing he had ever seen. you will miss promise of your spring. and twisted. Then it stopped. cold. It was never able to fly. to go and look at a pear tree that was a great distance away. when all the seasons are up." "Well. "What were the people like in the town you jus came from?" "Awful people. full of life and fulfillment. in turn." the man responded. but you're going to find exactly the same s people in the next town up ahead. unfriendly. the second in the spring. he said it was ripe and droop with fruit. bent. and that the essence of who they are and the pleasure. "Rude. he called them together to describe what they had seen. expecting that any minute the wings would enlarge and expand enough to support the body." said the attendant. the beauty of your summer." the second man responded. The first son w the winter. They went out of their way to help a stranger.Once. If you give up when it's winter. another driver pulled in. patient. The man then explained to his sons that they were all right.

” . The d returned to tell Buddha “The water in there is very muddy. the water became very muddy. An Office Boy A jobless man applied for the position of "office boy" at a very big company. It will settle down on its own. “I am thirsty. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the king indicating the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. just let it be.” After about half an hour. The employer interviewed him. ”Give me your email address. As a result. It spreads around you and in the environment. After the peasant picked up his load of vegetables. and I’ll send you the application to fill. Get me some water from that lake. and then he looked up at the disciple and said. Some of the kirig's wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply w around it. The Obstacle in Our Path In ancient times. Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve condition. Peace of Mind Once Buddha was walking from town to town with his followers. This was in the initial days. The peasant learned what many of us never understand. he noticed a purse lying road where the boulder had been. After much pushing a straining. very turbid. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyo would remove the huge rock. Give it a little time. The disciple obediently went back to the lake. “See what you did to make the clean. You let it be and the mud settled down on its own and you got clear water. Buddha looked at the water.” Buddha says having ‘peace of mind is an effortless process. Going through life with no obstacles would cripple us.” The disciple walked up to the lake and noticed that some people were washing clothes in the water and he saw a bullock cart crossing through the lake. We will not be as strong as we could have been and we would never fly. Many loudly blamed the king for not keeping the roads clear. They happened pass a lake and Buddha told one of his disciples.” – the employer said. “You are hired. he finally succeeded. The mud had settled down and the water above it looked fit to be had. I don’t think it is fit to drink. that peace permeates to the outside. Sometimes struggles are exactly what we need in our lives. This time he found that the lake had absolutely clear w in it. You don’t have to put i effort to calm it down. Then a peasant came along carrying a load of vegetables. but none did anything about getting stone out of the way. When there is peace inside you. So he collected some water in and brought it to Buddha. Your mind is also like that When it is disturbed. a as when you will start. a King had a boulder placed on a roadway.required by the butterfly to get through the opening was a way of forcing the fluid from the body into the wings so that it would be ready for flight once that was achieved. It will happen effortlessly. again Buddha asked the same disciple to go back to the lake and get him the wate drink. then a test: clean the floor. Upon approaching the boul the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side of the road.

He didn’t know what to do. Socrates replied. then a truck. He started to plan his family’s fut and decided to have a life insurance. Five years later.” said the employer. Socrates continued. Do you imagine what position you could have if you had an email?” The man paused for a while.The man replied. why tell it me at all?” . because there’s one filter left: the filter of Usefulness.” “Well”. “Before you talk to me about my friend. “So you don’t really know if it’s true or Now let’s try the second filter. the man’s company was one of the biggest food retailers. neither an email.” The broker replied curiously. concluded Socrates. and started to go everyday earlier returned late. The man realized that he could survive by this way. it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you’re going to say. The first filter is Truth. the filter of Goodness. One day an acquaintanc met the great philosopher and said. on the contrary. then sold the tomatoes door to do less than two hours. “I don’t have a computer. Socrates continued. “if you don’t have an email .”. “you want to tell me something bad about him. “Actually I just heard about it and …” “All right”.” “So”. but you’re not certain it’s true. Thus. an then he had his own fleet of delivery vehicles. Shortly later. He called an insurance broker and chose a protection plan. not really. Is what you want me about my friend going to be useful to me?” “No. He repeated the operation 3 times and returned home with $60 USD. That’s why I call it the triple filter test. you cannot have the job. and replied: “An office boy!” Don’t be discouraged if something is not in your favor today. The man replied: “I don’t have an email. When the conversation was concluded. You may still pass the test though. “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?” “Hold on a minute”. his money doubled or tripled everyday. and yet have succeeded to build an empire. Is what you are about to tell me about my friend some good?” “No. bought a 10 kg tomato crate. he bought a cart. “You don’t have an email.” “I’m sorry. Triple Filter Test Socrates was the great philosopher in ancient Greece and was held in high esteem. the broker asked him his email. Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?” “No. Better opportunities are always waiting ahead. he succeeded and doubled his capital. “if what you want to tell me is neither true nor good nor even useful.” “That’s right”. said Socrates.the said.” The man left with no hope. He then decided to go to the supermarket. with only $10 USD in his pocket. It’s called Triple Filter Test. “Before telling me anything I’d like you to pass a little test.

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