This is a short story about two men with varying viewpoints on life. While neither is wrong, only one of them finds happiness…
One day a man decided it was time to venture out into the world and see what else the universe had to offer. Not feeling content with his current residency, he hoped to find better accommodations.
Approaching a nearby village, he meets an elder of the village.
“Excuse me sir!”
“Yes.” The elder replies.
“My name is Julio and interested in potentially relocating to your town. Can you tell me a bit about your town?”
The elder asks,”what are you looking for?”
The man replies, “well, I am looking for a place that will bring me happiness and gives me a sense of purpose.”
Elder replies, “why don’t you tell me a bit about where you are from.”
Interrupting the elder, “what kind of people live here. I mean, are they happy?”
Elder replies, “what kind of people live in your village?”
“oh, they are the meanest, nastiest people who I have known and that is why I am looking to move somewhere more pleasant.”
The elder sadly, “I am sorry to report, but the people who live here sound just like wherever you came.”
To his dismay, the man left and never returned.
Oddly enough, another gentleman arrives at the village and greets the same elder.
“Good day to you sir.”
The elder replies, “It is a fine day in deed.”
“could you tell me what kind of people live in this town? I am considering relocating from my current place of residency.”
The elder smiles, as if it was very familiar in conversation, “why don’t you tell me about the people the live in your current village.”
“oh, well they are nicest people I have ever known. It will be sad to move, but I am looking for a change of scenery and looking to live somewhere similar to my home.”
The elder smiles brighter, “you are in luck, as it sounds like the same types of people we have here.”
The man wasted no time, packed up his things and moved to the nearby village.
While one man remained lost as a pilgrim, searching for something outside of his boundaries in hopes of finding happiness, the other was as sure as the Warrior…accepting happiness wherever he goes. One mans viewpoint was of misery, while the other found a silver-lining in every cloud. One man continues searching for peace and happiness, while the other merely chooses it.
Stepping into the Canvas with a new attitude…One of happiness, seeing all as good. Even in times of suffering it is possible to find good…we just have to look a little harder. Do you see people as irritating or judgmental? Or do you see them Friendly, caring human beings? Whichever you choose, it is merely reflecting the mirror you carry…
Original story told by Wayne Dyer, shortened for this blog.