A ZEN STORY
by a Zen Master
There once lived a great warrior.
Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger.
His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land
and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village.
He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master.
Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot
and exploit any weakness in an opponent.
He would wait for his opponent to make the first move,
thus revealing a weakness, and then
would strike with merciless force and lightning speed.
No one had ever lasted with him in a match
beyond the first move.
Much against the advice of his concerned students,
the old master gladly accepted the young warrior’s challenge.
As the two squared off for battle,
the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master.
He threw dirt and spit in his face.
For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse
and insult known to mankind.
But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm.
Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself.
Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth,
the students gathered around the old master
and questioned him.
“How could you endure such an indignity?
How did you drive him away?”
“If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it,”
the master replied, “to whom does the gift belong?”
Our destiny is determined by our philosophy and attitude.
What we do in the next five minutes is also
determined by our philosophy and attitude.
We can have good intentions but unless they are followed by action,
those good intentions remain no more than an illusion.
Our attitude needs energy to survive.
We must therefore allow it to bask in moments of regeneration.
We need only rest long enough to gain strength.
A positive mental attitude is the strength to drive
our actions forward.
When you say to a child, “I’ll be there in five minutes,”
but have no intention for half an hour or more
the child starts to lose respect.
As a parent you will mould your child into a future adult,
if you refuse to give the child attention the child
will use other influences to mould themselves.
words of wisdom ….
“A Strong Positive Mental Attitude will create
more Miracles than any wonder drug”.
“Strength does not come from winning.
Your Struggles develop your Strengths.
When you go through Hardships and opt
not to Surrender, that is Strength.”
There are two days in every week that we should not worry about,
two days that should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
One is Yesterday, with its mistakes and cares,
its faults and blunders, its aches and pains.
Yesterday has passed, forever beyond our control.
All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday.
We cannot undo a single act we performed.
Nor can we erase a single word we’ve said
– Yesterday is gone!
The other day we shouldn’t worry about is Tomorrow,
with its impossible adversaries, its burden,
its hopeful promise and poor performance.
Tomorrow is beyond our control.
Tomorrow’s sun will rise either in splendor or
behind a mask of clouds – but it will rise.
And until it does, we have no stake in tomorrow,
for it is yet unborn.
This leaves only one day – Today.
Any person can fight the battles of just one day.
It is only when we add the burdens of yesterday
and tomorrow that we break down.
It is not the experience of today that drives people
mad – it is the remorse of bitterness for something
which happened yesterday, and the dread of
what tomorrow may bring.
Make TODAY the best day it can be, and let us,
Live our lives
whichever Best way we can;
one day at a time.
PARABLE OF THE PENCIL
*author : Unknown*
The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside, just before putting him into the box.
There are 5 things you need to know, he told the pencil,
before I send you out into the world.
Always remember them and never forget,
and you will become the best pencil you can be.
One: You will be able to do many great things, but only if you allow yourself to be held in someone’s hand.
Three: You will be able to correct any mistakes you might make.
Four: The most important part of you will always be what’s inside.
No matter what the condition, you must continue to write.
The pencil understood and promised to remember,
and went into the box with purpose in its heart.
Now change places with the pencil.
Always remember them and never forget,
and you will become the best person you can be.
Be thankful that you don’t already have everything you desire.
If you did, what would there be to look forward to?
Be thankful when you don’t know something,
for it gives you the opportunity to learn.
Be thankful for the difficult times.
During those times you grow.
Be thankful for your limitations,
because they give you opportunities for improvement.
Be thankful for each new challenge,
because it will build your strength and character.
Be thankful for your mistakes. They will teach you valuable lessons.
Be thankful when you’re tired and weary,
because it means you’ve made a difference.
It’s easy to be thankful for the good things.
A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who
are also thankful for the setbacks.
Gratitude can turn a negative into a positive.
Find a way to be thankful for your troubles,
and they can become your blessings.
LIFE’S TUG OF WAR
Life can seem ungrateful and not always kind.
Life can pull at your heartstrings and play with your mind.
Life can be blissful and happy and free.
Life can put beauty in the things that you see.
Life can place challenges right at your feet.
Life can make good of the hardships we meet.
Life can overwhelm you and make your head spin.
Life can reward those determined to win.
Life can be hurtful and not always fair.
Life can surround you with people who care.
Life clearly does offer its ups and its downs.
Life’s days can bring you both smiles and frowns.
Life teaches us to take the good with the bad.
Life is a mixture of happy and sad.
Take the life that you have and give it your best.
Think positive be happy let God do the rest.
Take the challenges that life has laid at your feet.
Take pride and be thankful for each one you meet.
To yourself give forgiveness if you stumble and fall.
Take each day that is dealt you and give it your all.
Take the love that you’re given and return it with care.
Have faith that when needed it will always be there.
Take time to find the beauty in the things that you see.
Take life’s simple pleasures let them set your heart free.
The idea here is simply to even the score.
As you are met and faced with Life’s Tug Of War.
words of wisdom :
Cherish Life’s Simple Pleasures because
it Eclipses Other Earthly Treasures