CAN YOU SPARE SOME CHANGE?

A beggar had been sitting by the side of the road for over thirty years. One day a stranger walked by. “Spare some change?” mumbled the beggar, mechanically holding out his old baseball cap.

“I have nothing to give you,” said the stranger. Then he asked: “What’s that you are sitting on?”

“Nothing,” replied the beggar. “Just an old box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember.”

Ever looked inside?” asked the stranger.

“No,” said the beggar. “What’s the point? There’s nothing in there.”

“Have a look inside,” insisted the stranger.

The beggar managed to pry open the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with gold.

Source | Eckhart Tolle, The Power of Now
(New World Library, 2004) page 11

PONDER AND CONSIDER

“Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well.” | Proverbs 5:15

The kingdom of God is inside you.” | Luke 17:21

Daily tap into the secret waters within. That’s where the treasure is. Many are still looking outside for scraps of pleasure, for happiness, validation, security, or love. Look inside. Take the plunge into the core of your being, and there, waiting for you, you will discover the radiant joy of being, radical peace and contentment.

As someone wisely said, “Never place the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.”

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Author: philipchircop

I'm a Jesuit from Malta, an artist at heart and madly in love with all things beautiful and soulful: music, painting, sculpture, photography, film, theatre, poetry, good company, good food, good wine and more. I believe that beauty is a wonderful entry into the mystery of the God “whose centre is everywhere and whose circumference is nowhere.” God can be sensed in all things if and when we engage in a long, loving look at the real that surrounds us. I consider myself a seeker with bottomless curiosity, an eternal student of life, exploring fresh and creative ways to proclaim the Good News in the hope of helping fellow pilgrims and seekers to embrace real and radical changes that will lead to conversion and transformation.

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