I was reminded of a story I once read during a comment/post

Pocket Perspectives (Kathy)

I can’t recall the name of the story or even where I had read it. I googled for over an hour and never could find it, so, I will do the best I can to recall the tale since it has a wonderful message. I will simply call it…

“The People and the Snow!”

In a village where it never snowed, one winter it snowed dramatically. It had snowed all night long and had come down so heavily that the next morning when the villagers came out of their homes to see this wonderous white stuff, all were amazed.

The children immediately began swimming in the white stuff while the adults grabbed handfulls of snow and pondered on what it could be. In one man’s hand the snow melted and he surmised that it was merely frozen water.

“What do we do with it?” Another asked.

“Melt it, and drink it!” He replied.

A woman went into her home and brought out some fruit and squeezed the fruit till the juices trickled into a cup of this frozen water and began to eat it. “Yummy,” she said as others began to do the same.

A strong young man began gathering a large amount of the snow together and began making walls. Others began helping him and eventually they were constructing a shelter/ home from this miraculous frozen mystery.

An elder “tisked” that it was useless because eventually the warm weather would come and melt the home into a mud puddle so why waste your time?

“Because there is little else to do right now?” The young man replied.

Some young girls began rolling the snow into balls and formed what appeared to be a snow man. They playfully put a nose and eyes on him, calling it a frozen water sculpture.

The children found ways to make small balls out of the stuff and began throwing them at each other. Laughing and running around in the snow, having a good time.

A waste of energy an elderly man spat as he went into his home to warm his cold bones. Grumbling about how the people were wasting time and energy with this new found white substance. While others found ways to make this frozen water useful and others simply laughed and enjoyed playing with it.

Each of us see the world differently and create different things from the same source. Like crafts for instance, (beads and string) the same items used are made so differently by so many. Writing, the same alphabet is used but each of us create a different story or write. Food is a wonderful example of how the same items mixed with other items become a marvelous meal and there is so much diversity that each culture as an icon meal from nearly the same items. Some find use in things while others will call it a waste of time.

moral: We all have eyes, but see the world uniquely different.

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Impulsive solutions

a related zendictive tale about a squirrels way to fix a problem and then a foxes way to solve the problem.

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A female CNN journalist heard about a very old Jewish man who had been going to the Western Wall to pray, twice a day, every day, for a long, long time.

So she went to check it out. She went to the Western Wall and there he was, walking slowly up to the holy site.

She watched him pray and after about 45 minutes, when he turned to leave, using a cane and moving very slowly, she approached him for an interview.

“Pardon me, sir, I’m Rebecca Smith from CNN. What’s your name?”

“Morris Fishbien,” he replied.

“Sir, how long have you been coming to the Western Wall and praying?”

“For about 60 years.”

“60 years! That’s amazing! What do you pray for?”

“I pray for peace between the Christians, Jews and the Muslims. I pray for all the wars and all the hatred to stop. I pray for all our children to grow up safely as responsible adults, and to love their fellow man.”

“How do you feel after doing this for 60 years?”

“Like I’m talking to a wall.”

Author Unknown

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may your day be filled with diversity

 

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