Points to Ponder
PARABLE: Two Wolves
A boy came to his grandfather, very angry at a schoolmate who had done him an injustice. The grandfather said to him, "Let me tell you a story.
"I, too, at times, have felt great hate for those who have taken so much, with no regret for what they do. But hate wears us down and doesn't hurt our enemies. It's like taking poison and wishing our enemy would die. I've struggled with these feelings many, many times.
"It's as if there are two wolves inside me. One is good and does no harm. He lives in harmony with all around him and doesn't take offense when no offense was intended. He'll only fight when it's clearly right to do so, and then only in the right way.
"But the other wolf, ah! He's full of anger. The littlest thing will set him into a fit of temper. He fights everyone, all the time, for no good reason. He can't think because his anger and hate are so great. It's helpless anger, for his anger will change nothing.
"Sometimes it's hard to live with these two wolves inside me, for both of them try to dominate my spirit." The boy looked intently into his Grandfather's eyes and asked, "Which one wins, Grandfather?"
The Grandfather smiled and replied, "Whichever one I feed."
THE THEATRE OF LIFE
Life is a Theatre...Invite Your Audience Carefully..
Not everyone is healthy enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life that need to be loved from a DISTANCE. It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go of or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships/friendships.
Observe the relationships around you. Pay attention. which ones encourage and which ones discourage? Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill? When you leave certain people do you feel better or feel worse? Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know or appreciate you?
The more you seek quality, respect, growth, peace of mind, love and truth around you...the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.
"If you cannot 'CHANGE' the people around you, change 'THE PEOPLE' around you"
Remember that the people we hang with will have an impact on both our lives and our income. And so we must be careful to choose the people we hang out with, as well as the information with which we feed our minds. We should not share our dreams with negative people, nor feed them with negative thoughts.
There are two kinds of people,
those who do the work
and those who take the credit.
Try to be in the first group;
there is less competition there.
- Indira Gandhi
A Prayer From The Book:
Ethics For A New
May I Become At All Times,
Both Now And Forever
For Those Without Protection
For Those Who Have Lost Their Way
For Those With An Ocean To Cross
For Those With A River To Cross
For Those In Danger
For Those Without Light
A Place Of Refuge
For Those Who Lack Shelter
And A Servant To
All In Need