Saturday, March 05, 2011
Saturday Meditations - something to think about . . .
A wise woman, traveling in the mountains, found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime.
A few days later, the traveler came back to return the stone to the wise woman. "I've been thinking," he said. "I know how valuable this stone is, but I give it back to you in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me this stone." Author Unknown
Is this not an amazing story and so deep if you think about it. I mean what would you do. My first thought is that I would never be bold enough to ask the woman for the stone.
However if I did - what would be more important - the stone - to where I could live the rest of my life confortably - not have to worry about money - bills - what I can buy and what I can't.
Would I sleep any easier at night? Would it be able to buy me better health? Would I be happier? Would I put it to good use and be responsible with it or would I waste it on silly things?
And would I actually bring it back and give it to her and ask her for the secret - how in the world did she give that valuable stone to me? She didn't ask for anything in return. She just gave it to me.
I have to say in all honesty - I don't think I would have given the stone away. I would have kept it - I have family that would depend on it. How could I give it away?
And if I did get it I probably wouldn't have given it back for the knowledge of what made her give it to me in the first place.
It must be trust of some sort.
What would you do?
“Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold. ” Judith Olney -