WHAT’S INSIDE IS WHAT COMES OUT

Teacher: “If I were to squeeze this lemon as hard as I could, what would come out?”

Student: “Juice, of course.”

Teacher: “Do you think orange juice could come out of it?”

Student: “Of course not. It’s a lemon!”

Teacher: “How about apple juice? Do you think apple juice could come out of it?”

Student: “Of course not. It’s a lemon!”

Teacher: “How about grapefruit juice? Do you think grapefruit juice could come out of it?”

Student: “Of course not. It’s a lemon!”

Teacher: “Tell me then, what would come out of it?”

Student: “Lemon juice, of course.”

Teacher: “Why? Why is it that when you squeeze a lemon, lemon juice comes out?”

Student: “Well, it’s a lemon and that’s what’s inside.”

Credit: Retold by Philip Chircop SJ
Inspired by a story told by Wayne Dyer

CONSIDER THIS

Imagine that the lemon is you. Imagine someone squeezing you, puts pressure on you, says something you don’t like, offends you. What comes out when life squeezes you? When someone hurts or offends you?

If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it’s because that’s what’s inside. It doesn’t matter who does the squeezing—your mother, your brother, your children, your boss, the government. If someone says something about you that you don’t like, what comes out of you is what’s inside. And what’s inside is up to you, it’s your choice.

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