A man goes to see his rabbi. “Rabbi”, he asks, “you told us a story – something to do with praise?” The rabbi responds, “Yes, it is thus: when you get some good news, you thank the Lord, and when you get some bad news, you praise the Lord.” “Of course,” replies the man. “ I should have remembered. But Rabbi, how do you actually know which is the good news and which is the bad news?” The rabbi smiles. “You are wise, my son. So just to be on the safe side, always thank the Lord.”
Source | Rosamund Zander and Benjamin Zander, The Art of Possibility, page 105
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- Today do your very best to be consciously thankful and grateful for all that blesses you, including the adverse, painful and perhaps disturbing moments.
- “Wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving.” | Kahlil Gibran
- “My task is simply the breathing of this gratitude from day to day, in simplicity, and for the rest turning my hand to whatever comes, work being part of praise.” | Thomas Merton, The Intimate Merton
Two prime ministers are sitting in a room discussing affairs of state. Suddenly a man bursts in, apoplectic with fury, shouting and stamping and banging his fist on the desk. The resident prime minister admonishes him: “Peter,” he says, “kindly remember Rule Number 6,” whereupon Peter is instantly restored to complete calm, apologizes, and withdraws.
The politicians return to their conversation, only to be interrupted yet again twenty minutes later by a hysterical woman gesticulating wildly, her hair flying. Again the intruder is greeted with the words: “Marie, please remember Rule Number 6.” Complete calm descends once more, and she too withdraws with a bow and an apology.
When the scene is repeated for a third time, the visiting prime minister addresses his colleague: “My dear friend, I’ve seen many things in my life, but never anything as remarkable as this. Would you be willing to share with me the secret of Rule Number 6?”
“Very simple,” replies the resident prime minister. “Rule Number 6 is ‘Don’t take yourself so damned seriously.’” “Ah,” says his visitor, “that is a fine rule.” After a moment of pondering, he inquires, “And what, may I ask are the other rules?”
“There aren’t any.”
Source | Rosamund Zander and Benjamin Zander, The Art of Possibility
PONDER AND CONSIDER
- Humour, laughter and lightheartedness can bring us back down to earth and back to reality. Humour has the power to put our life and situations in proper perspective. When we let go and lighten up, we can free the demanding, critical, and controlling parts of ourselves and open up to a world of “what’s possible.”
- As often as possible lighten up and get out of your own way. Step back from your intensity and your compulsive need to be right. Smile and breathe slowly and deeply.
- Daily try to approach the unfolding day’s events and happenings from a position of what’s possible rather than what can’t be done.