Sunday, July 04, 2004

The Fable of the Donkey

FABLE

One day a farmer's donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, and the well needed to be covered up anyway; it just wasn't worth it to retrieve the donkey.

He invited all his neighbors to come over and help him. They all grabbed a shovel and began to shovel dirt into the well. At first, the donkey realized what was happening and cried horribly.

Then, to everyone's amazement he quieted down. A few shovel loads later, the farmer finally lookeddown the well. He was astonished at what he saw. With each shovel of dirt
that hit his back, the donkey was doing something amazing. He would shake it off and take a step up. As the farmer's neighbors continued to shovel dirt on top of the animal, he would shake it off and take a step up.

Pretty soon, everyone was amazed as the donkey stepped up over the edge of the well and happily trotted off!

Life is going to shovel dirt on you, all kinds of dirt. The trick to getting out of the well is to shake it off and take a step up. Each of our troubles is a stepping stone. We can get out of the deepest wells just by not stopping, never giving up! Shake it off and take a step up.

Remember the five simple rules to be happy:

1. Free your heart from hatred - forgive.

2. Free your mind from worries - most never happen.

3. Live simply and appreciate what you have.

4. Give more.

5. Expect less.

NOW -------- Enough of that crap .

The donkey later came back and bit the the farmer who had tried to bury him. The gash from the bite got infected, and the farmer eventually died in agony from septic shock.

MORAL FROM TODAY'S LESSON?

When you do something wrong and try to cover your tracks,
it always comes back to bite you in the ass!!!

Saturday, July 03, 2004

Garments

Khalil Gibran was a poet extraordinaire. I know I have already sang his praise before but truly and honestly this man was gifted. I read his work The Wanderer and came across the short story Garments that I think is just beautifully crafted and is a moral to many:

Garments

Upon a day Beauty and Ugliness met on the shore of a sea. And they said to one another, "Let us bathe in the sea." Then they disrobed and swam in the waters. And after a while Ugliness came back to shore and garmented himself with the garments of Beauty and walked away. And Beauty too came out of the sea, and found not her raiment, and she was too shy to be naked, therefore she dressed herself with the raiment of Ugliness. And Beauty walked her way. And to this very day men and women mistake the one for the other. Yet some there are who have beheld the face of Beauty, and they know her notwithstanding her garments. And some there be who know the face of Ugliness, and the cloth conceals him not from their eyes.

Friday, July 02, 2004

Every woman should know .....

Again, these are things that have been on my mind so much for the past couple of weeks. So the saying 'took the words right out of my mouth' applies. Well, out of my head is more like it but ... do I say?

Every woman should know ...

How to fall in love without losing herself;

How she feels about having children;

How to quit a job, break up with a lover and confront a friend without ruining the friendship;

When to try harder . . . and when to walk away;

How to have a good time at a party she’d never choose to attend;

How to ask for what she wants in a way that makes it most likely she’ll get it;

That she can’t change the length of her calves, the width of her hips or the nature of her parents;

That her childhood may not have been perfect . . . . but it’s over;

What she would and wouldn’t do for love or more;

How to live alone . . . . even if she doesn’t like it;

Whom she can trust, whom she can’t, and why she shouldn’t take it personally;

Where to go . . . be it to her best friend’s kitchen table or a charming inn in the woods when her soul needs soothing;

What she can and can’t accomplish in a day . . . a month . . . and a year.

Thursday, July 01, 2004

Every woman should have ...

Sometimes it amazes me how my mind wanders. I just find myself thinking of the most random things: from court shoes to panty hose, birthstones to KIA Motors cars. I came to the conclusion that it is because, having just finished my final year undergrad exams, I am now at a turning point in my life: decided the path I shall take into my future.

Anyway, I came across these words in some weekend magazine article and found them somehow linked to the random pitter patter of my mind:

Every woman should have ....

One old love she can imagine going back to . . . and one who reminds her how far she has come;

Enough money within her control to move out and rent a place of her own . . . even if she never wants to and needs to;

Something perfect to wear if the employer or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour;

A youth she’s content to leave behind.

A past juicy enough that she’s looking forward to re-telling it in her old age;

The realisation that she is actually going to have an old age and some money set aside to fund it;

A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra;

One friend who always makes her laugh . . . and one who lets her cry;

A good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family;

Eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems and a recipe for a meal that will make her guests feel honoured.

A resume that is not even the slightest bit padded;

A feeling of control over her destiny;

A skin care regimen, an exercise routine and a plan for dealing with those few facets of life that don’t get better after 30;

A solid start on a satisfying career, a satisfying relationship, and all those other facets of life that do get better after 30;