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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Life is Beautiful!

Once a young man came to a revered teacher, who was seated under a tree near a beautiful lake, and asked for the solution for his unhappiness. After some minutes, the old master kindly instructed the visitor to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink a few mouthfuls.

"How does it taste?" the teacher asked. "Awful," said the apprentice after he had spat out the revolting liquid a few paces away.

The teacher chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the youngster swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man told him, "Now drink from the lake."

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked him again, "How does it taste?"

"Good!" he replied.

"Do you taste the salt?" asked the Master.

"No," said the young man.

The Master sat besides the troubled youth, took his hands, and said, "The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. But the level of 'pain we taste' depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake!”

Moral of the Story ….

Friends, can we all become a lake where we are able to broaden our outlook, so that, we stop looking only at ourselves and our own miseries. We should learn to look at life as a whole and also at many things without which we would not be what we are today ….our friends, family, colleagues, the nature around and much, much more.

When we are confronted with a problem, generally we tend to see only the problem and keep on ruminating over it endlessly which makes the situation only more tragic. We should learn to focus on better things, better situations in life. We should learn to look at all the blessings that God has filled our lives with, but we had never given a thought about them earlier…and life would be simply a paradise….!

Friends, Life is indeed sweet, beautiful, only we need to learn to expand and become a lake!