An old legend says that in the beginning, when God created the world, He gave every living thing an angel to bless and guard it – an angel for man, one for the birds, one for the beasts of the forest, one for the trees, and one for the flowers.

Even the common grass had an angel. But the angel of the grass was not pleased. Humiliated, he said, “I will have nothing to do with it. That old, homely grass can grow by itself!”

The season passed. The grass shriveled, the flowers died because the grass held no dew, the deer in the forests and the cattle in the fields died because there was no grass.

Then God turned His eyes upon the angel of the grass and asked, “Was it a small thing, or a great thing that I asked thee to do?”

In shame the angel of the grass fell at the Lord’s feet and begged His forgiveness, for he saw now the unsuspected greatness of his seemingly lowly task.

this story found here!

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A disciple went to Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav:“I shall not continue with my studies of sacred texts,” he said. “I live in a small house with my brothers and parents, and never have the ideal conditions for concentrating on that which is important.”

Nachman pointed to the sun and asked his disciple to place his hand over his face, in order to hide it. The disciple obeyed.

“Your hand is small, yet it can completely cover the power, light and majesty of the great sun. In the same way, the small problems manage to give you the excuse you need in order to hinder your progress along your spiritual journey.

Just as your hand has the power to hide the sun, mediocrity has the power to hide your inner light. Do not blame others for your own incompetence.

 
this story written by Paulo Coelho
 
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toss out those cheep sunglasses~
 
While I was reading the story above (about the hand in front of the sun) It seems that we shield ourselves in beliefs and understanding which is the hand. But the truth still shines, reality blinds us so there-fore we shield ourselves from the truth. For example, the many different religions on this earth. We are taught at a young age to believe in something, like the easter bunny, and then one day the hand is removed and we see the truth. So our belief is the hand keeping us from being blinded by the truth. Just food for thought. We wear sunglasses to protect ourselves.   ~Art
 
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stand up for what you believe in, even if you stand alone
 
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