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  • Some very nice stories and quotes

    Just putting up a few favorites for your reading pleasure!



    Chicken Eagle

    A man found an eagle's egg and put it in a nest of a barnyard hen.
    The eaglet hatched with the brood of chicks and grew up with them.
    All his life the eagle did what the barnyard chicks did, thinking he was a barnyard chicken.

    He scratched the earth for worms and insects. He clucked and cackled.
    And he would thrash his wings and fly a few feet into the air.

    Years passed and the eagle grew very old. One day he saw a magnificent bird above him in the cloudless sky.

    It glided in graceful majesty among the powerful wind currents, with scarcely a beat of its strong golden wings.


    The old eagle looked up in awe.

    "Who's that?" he asked.
    "That's the eagle, the king of the birds," said his neighbor.
    "He belongs to the sky. We belong to the earth Ė we're chickens."

    So the eagle lived and died a chicken, for that's what he thought he was.



    The Industrialist and the Fisherman

    The industrialist was horrified to find the fisherman lying beside his boat, smoking a pipe.

    "Why arenít you out fishing?" said the industrialist.

    "Because I have caught enough fish for the day."

    "Why donít you catch some more?"

    "What would I do with it?"

    "Earn more money. Then you could have a motor fixed to your boat and go into deeper waters and catch more fish. They would bring you money to buy nylon nets, so more fish, more money. Soon you would have enough to buy two boats Ė even a fleet of boots. Then you could be rich like me."

    "What would I do then?"

    "Then you could really enjoy life."

    "What do you think I am doing now?"

    Source: Anthony de Mello, S.J.


    Perspectives

    One day a rich father took his son on a trip to the country with the firm purpose to show him how poor people can be. They spent a day and a night on the farm of a very poor family.

    When they got back from their trip the father asked his son:

    "How was the trip?"

    "Very good Dad!"

    "Did you see how poor people can be?" the father asked.

    "Yes!"

    "And what did you learn?"

    The son answered:

    "I saw that
    ➤ we have a dog at home, and they have four.

    ➤ We have a pool that reaches to the middle of the garden, they have a creek that has no end.

    ➤ We have imported lamps in the garden, they have the stars.

    ➤ Our patio reaches to the front yard, they have a whole horizon."

    When the little boy was finishing, his father was speechless.

    His son added:

    "Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are!"

    Unknown Author


    More to come soon! Feel free to post your own.

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    The Dissatisfied Stone Cutter

    There was once a stone cutter who was dissatisfied with himself and with his position in life.

    One day he passed a wealthy merchant's house. Through the open gateway, he saw many fine possessions and important visitors.

    "How powerful that merchant must be!" thought the stone cutter. He became very envious and wished that he could be like the merchant. To his great surprise, he suddenly became the merchant, enjoying more luxuries and power than he had ever imagined, but envied and detested by those less wealthy than himself.

    Soon a high official passed by, carried in a sedan chair, accompanied by attendants and escorted by soldiers beating gongs. Everyone, no matter how wealthy, had to bow low before the procession.

    "How powerful that official is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a high official!" Then he became the high official, carried everywhere in his embroidered sedan chair, feared and hated by the people all around.

    It was a hot summer day, so the official felt very uncomfortable in the sticky sedan chair. He looked up at the sun. It shone proudly in the sky, unaffected by his presence.

    "How powerful the sun is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the sun!" Then he became the sun, shining fiercely down on everyone, scorching the fields, cursed by the farmers and laborers.

    But a huge black cloud moved between him and the earth, so that his light could no longer shine on everything below.

    "How powerful that storm cloud is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a cloud!" Then he became the cloud, flooding the fields and villages, shouted at by everyone.

    But soon he found that he was being pushed away by some great force, and realized that it was the wind.

    "How powerful it is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be the wind!" Then he became the wind, blowing tiles off the roofs of houses, uprooting trees, feared and hated by all below him.

    But after a while, he ran up against something that would not move, no matter how forcefully he blew against it – a huge,
    towering rock.

    "How powerful that rock is!" he thought. "I wish that I could be a rock!" Then he became the rock, more powerful than anything else on earth.

    But as he stood there, he heard the sound of a hammer pounding a chisel into the hard surface, and felt himself being changed.

    "What could be more powerful than I, the rock?" he thought.
    He looked down and saw far below him the figure of a stone cutter.

    Source: Zen Stories. More Is Not Enough. The Stone Cutter

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