Ripples

Two monks were crossing a river when they came upon a little girl having trouble getting across. One of the monks picked her up, threw her over his shoulder, carried her across, and set her down on the other side. The monks went one way, and she went another.

After some time, the other monk, seeming frustrated, said, “Do you realize that you just broke a monastic rule by touching and picking up a woman like that?

The first monk replied, “Oh, but I left her by the side of the river, and you’re still carrying her.”

A lesson I keep learning over and over is that everything happens exactly as it should. There’s no bad luck, and there’s no such thing as getting a raw deal. Even if it seems like you’ve been hoodwinked, bamboozled, or flim-flammed, it’s probably for the best. I’m living proof that 99% of everything is Positive Mental Attitude. I’m not a hero. I’m not a victim. I’m a stone that makes a tiny ripple in the pond, and from time to time people notice the ripple and appreciate it. I’m grateful for that. We can each only thrive to the extent that our collective energy does. We’re bound together for better or worse. No sense in rushing. No sense in stressing. Throw caution to the wind and let the chips fall where they may.

 

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