A young father was spending the day at the zoo with his six-year-old son. When they came to the tigers’ cage, the father explained how ferocious and strong tigers are. The little boy’s eyes grew bigger and bigger till finally he asked nervously, “Daddy, if the tiger got out of his cage and ate you up…”
“Yes, son?” said the father, ready to soothe and reassure him.
But the boy continued, “If the tiger got out and ate you up, which bus should I take home?”
Source | Eva Blank and Alison Benjamin,
Jokelopedia,(Workman Publishing Company, 2013)
Things are not always as they seem.
Once upon a time there was a man who wanted to go on a trip. He decided to do this by taking a bus. He went to the bus station to buy a ticket. The man at the ticket counter said, “What kind of ticket do you want – first class, second class, or third class?” The man decided he was a first class kind of a guy, and spent the extra cash needed to secure a first class passage.
It came time for the passengers who had bought tickets to get on the bus. The “first class” man was the only one who had chosen to buy that level of ticket. He got on the bus and asked the driver, “Where do I sit?” The driver replied, “Anywhere you want?” This made the man a little angry. He thought first class people should have special seats you, see. “Well then, wait a minute. Where do the second class people sit?” “Anywhere they want.” replied the driver. Now the man was really angry. “Well, heck, where do the third class people sit?” The driver replied, “Anywhere they want.” The man was about to make a stink at this point because there seemed to be no advantage to paying a higher ticket price, but before he could, more people got on the bus and the driver was otherwise occupied. The man took a seat and began sulking.
Now a half hour into the bus ride, the bus broke down because of a flat tire. The driver got on the loudspeaker and said, “OK, third class people, get out of the bus and change the tire.” The third class people tramped off the bus. Then he said, “OK you second class people, get off the bus and supervise the third class people to make sure they get that tire fixed.” So the second class people tramped off the bus.
Finally there was no one left but the driver and the man who held the first class ticket. “Well, what should I do?” the first class man asked the driver. “Nothing.” replied the driver. “Remember – you’re going first class. All you have to do is watch.”
Source | Unknown
PONDER AND CONSIDER
There are three types of people in this world. The people who fix the tires, the people who stand around saying “fix the tire” and the people who sit around and do nothing. Which one are you?
- Are you a first class ticket kind of person? Always top of the line, always wanting to be served, taking no initiative and doing nothing?
- Are you second class, all talk and no action? You know what you should be doing, but you don’t do it.
- Are you third class? Do you get off that bus whenever a need emerges, fixing in the best way you can the flat tires and hurts of this world? Are you an active agent of and for change when it comes to tikkun olam [Hebrew word meaning “repairing the world”]
A group of tourists is sitting in a bus. They’re passing through the most gorgeous countryside. the drapes are drawn in the bus, so nobody sees a thing. And what do you think the people inside are doing? They’re fast asleep, some of them, and others are quarrelling about who’s the best dressed woman on the bus. Who’s the guy who’s sitting in the best seat on the bus? And so it goes on to the journey’s end. None of them has seen anything of this gorgeous countryside.
Source | Anthony de Mello, Rediscovering Life. Page 123.
PONDER AND CONSIDER
Very few people actually live because very few people actually see! Many go through the amazing and magnificent countryside called “life” with the drapes drawn, yawning at life, never curious and enthused, wasting time instead on non consequential peripherals!
A student assigned to write an essay about an effective leader wrote this story:
“I’ve been taking a bus to school for years. Most passengers keep to themselves and no one ever talks to anyone else.
“About a year ago, an elderly man got on the bus and said loudly to the driver, ‘Good morning!’ Most people looked up, annoyed, and the bus driver just grunted. The next day the man got on at the same stop and again he said loudly, ‘Good morning!’ to the driver. Another grunt. By the fifth day, the driver relented and greeted the man with a semi-cheerful ‘Good morning!’ The man announced, ‘My name is Benny,’ and asked the driver, ‘What’s yours?’ The driver said his name was Ralph.
“That was the first time any of us heard the driver’s name and soon people began to talk to each other and say hello to Ralph and Benny. Soon Benny extended his cheerful ‘Good morning!’ to the whole bus. Within a few days his ‘Good morning!’ was returned by a whole bunch of ‘Good mornings’ and the entire bus seemed to be friendlier. People got to know each other.
“If a leader is someone who makes something happen, Benny was our leader in friendliness.
“A month ago, Benny didn’t get on the bus and we haven’t seen him since. Everyone began to ask about Benny and lots of people said he may have died. No one knew what to do and the bus got awful quiet again.
“So last week, I started to act like Benny and say, ‘Good morning!’ to everyone and they cheered up again. I guess I’m the leader now. I hope Benny comes back to see what he started.”
Source | Michael Josephson in What will Matter
PONDER AND CONSIDER
Be aware that your presence, your attitude, your composure and your words or discerned silence can make or break, enhance or diminish the spaces we inhabit.