dragons in our lives

I was in Tokyo last spring, walking beneath neon signs and cherry blossoms with my dear friend Kirsten. Right about the time the sun was setting, we heard the sound of a jazz band coming from an alley. Turns out it was a group of four very hip Japanese college students playing their hearts out for anyone who would listen.

But not everyone was enjoying the music. In the middle of the second song, an older homeless man broke through the crowd and started yelling at the band. The musicians did their best to ignore him but the apparently intoxicated man would not go away. It seemed he was angry about the loud noise.

There were probably two dozen of us watching this unfold – none of us knowing what we could or should do. I remember feeling very helpless, because first, I don’t speak much Japanese, and second, the homeless man was starting to get more and more violent. At one point, he picked up a stick and started banging on the drum set.

This was more than the young drummer could take and he finally stopped playing, stood up and pushed the old man to the ground.

It was then that a young Japanese man made his way through the crowd very quietly. He knelt down next to the old man, took hold of his hand and asked him if he was alright. I couldn’t understand what was being said, but I’ll never forget the way this young man helped bring the fallen man to his feet. And I’ll never forget the way he carefully placed his arm around the old man’s shoulders and quietly walked him away.

After reading the bellow quote by Rainer Maria Rilke, I can’t help but wonder. Maybe this old man was a prince in disguise. And maybe he was waiting to see someone act, just once, with beauty and courage. ……………(an act of kindness)

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.” – Rainer Maria Rilke


story source: Dragons and Princesses


A Lion once fell in love with a beautiful maiden and proposed marriage to her parents. The old people did not know what to say. They did not like to give their daughter to the Lion, yet they did not wish to enrage the King of Beasts. At last the father said:

“We feel highly honoured by your Majesty’s proposal, but you see our daughter is a tender young thing, and we fear that in the vehemence of your affection you might possibly do her some injury. Might I venture to suggest that your Majesty should have your claws removed, and your teeth extracted, then we would gladly consider your proposal again.” 

The Lion was so much in love that he had his claws trimmed and his big teeth taken out. But when he came again to the parents of the young girl they simply laughed in his face, and bade him do his worst.

Moral of Aesops Fable: Love can tame the wildest


the end


have a wonderful day

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5 thoughts on “dragons in our lives

  1. What a beautiful thought Art..You know I often think that of those down and outs upon our streets.. As I wonder if they have come to test those who give from their hearts or those who walk on by and do nothing..
    I find that its moments such as these which leave imprints in our minds.. As they show us the way we can all of us have either a Dragon or a Princess …
    Blessings Art and sorry I havent been able to be around as much as I would have liked recently.. Be well my friend Have a good weekend.. ~Sue

  2. Cherry blossoms, crazy party and homeless men…a typical scene in the spring time in Tokyo. The young musicians might suspend the play and make more communication with the homeless man, and they would get some good experience for their future. The other young man who helped the old man must have got one.

  3. That’s what i feel sorry for…our priorities are so different from the other deprived groups of people!We want to enjoy life, while others don’t HAVE life!We are happy in our bubbles, and we leave them in theirs to suffer….
    Gr8 post though…love tames the wildest, but love is selfish, we want them to change for us, while we are sitting blindfolded laughing away life – ours as well as theirs!

  4. Love DOES tame the wildest; and the scruffiest and most cantankerous amongst us are put in our paths for a reason–to bring out the love hidden in our hearts!

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