Hello there! Thanks for stopping by. This is my very first post and I wanted start off by telling you a short story, I know I know you don’t like these short stories but its only a short one and I promise you will like it. I’ll meet you on the other side.
“Once there was a wise man who spent his days just outside his village sitting under a shady tree where he could think. One day a traveller came to him and said, “Old man I have travelled far. I have seen many things and met many people. Can you tell me, if I go into this village, what kind of people I will meet?” The wise man replied, “Yes I will be happy to tell you? But first tell me what kind of people you have met in your travels so far.”
The traveller replied, “O you wouldn’t believe it I have met the most awful people! I have met people who are selfish and unkind to strangers. I have met with people who don’t care for themselves or for one another. I’ve met foolish young people I could learn nothing from and old people whose lack of hope depresses everyone they meet.” As the traveller spoke a look of sadness grew in this wise mans eyes as he nodded in a knowing way. “Yes” he said, “I know exactly the kind of people you speak of. And I am sorry to tell you but if you go into my village I’m afraid that is exactly the kind of people you will meet.” “I knew it” the traveller scoffed “It’s always the same. It’s always the same.” He kicked the dirt under his feet and stormed off down the road without ever bothering to stop in the village.
A few hours later another traveller came to the wise man and said, “Kind sir I have travelled far and seen many things and met many different people can you tell me if I go into this village what sort of people I will meet there.” The wise man replied, “Yes I’d be happy to tell you but first you tell me what kind of people you have met in your travels so far.” The traveller responded, “Oh you wouldn’t believe it. I have met the most amazing people? People who are kind and generous to strangers, people who care for one another like family. I’ve met young people with a wisdom beyond their years, and I’ve met older people with a youthful passion for life that brings joy to everyone they meet. And I have learned much from all of them.” As the traveller spoke the wise man smiled brightly as he nodded in a knowing way. “Yes” he said, “I believe I know exactly the kind of people you speak of. And I’m happy to tell you. If you go into my village I am certain that is exactly the type of people you will find.” “Come then” said the traveller “and introduce me to them.”
See, wasn’t so bad was it? I really like this story and I find that I am constantly telling it to my friends and family so I thought why not share it with you too.
Basically, life, circumstances, situations all depend on you. It all depends on your thoughts, perception and how you interpret things. You are able to make even a bad situation good just by being conscious of your thoughts and thinking positively.
This can apply to any situation, like mine for example, I’m a stay at home mum as you know. If I constantly feel as though I am missing out or my life is confined and controlled by my children, how will I feel? Maybe I will feel resentment towards my children (I choose to stay at home and I love it) and will not find it fulfilling or enjoyable. On the other hand if I see thing positively and realise how incredibly blessed I am, I can turn this time in to some of the best most memorable years of my life…and that is exactly Insha’Allah what I hope to do. You can apply the story to any situation in life, anything at all.
If you are good you will always see good in others, what we predominantly see in others is a mirror for us that shows what is inside ourself. I hope you found this story useful in some way or another.