As we begin to transition into another beautifully challenging month, I have decided to share one of my favorite inspirational tales of lore. For me, it serves as a powerful reminder of who YOU (potentially) are:
Many years ago, in a time of great wars and much consternation, there was a monastery that had fallen upon hard times. There were few monks left, and they often squabbled amongst themselves. Each monk was convinced his respective path was the right path. Accordingly, the peacefully monastic ways of the past seemed little more than a dream.
In a last ditch attempt to save the monastery, the Abbot sought the wisdom of an old rabbi who was reputed to have great insight and wisdom into the ways of men. When the Abbot told the rabbi of the situation, the rabbi shook his head with great concern and said...
"It is imperative that you find a way to resolve this situation before it is too late," replied the rabbi. "For what you do not realize is that among you is the One who will deliver us all from fear into love."
The Abbot asked who among them was "The One," but the rabbi would tell him no more.
On the way back to the monastery, the Abbot wondered aloud who The One could be.
"I'll bet it's Brother Arthur," he thought to himself. And then he continued...
"He is kind and good...
Or perhaps it is Brother Thomas - he is young but already shows great wisdom.
Or could it be... no - I mustn't even consider that it might be me!"
On his return, the Abbot shared the news with the other monks.
And though they were startled, they knew there was an overwhelming ring of truth to what the Abbot had said: The One was amongst them!
As they contemplated which of them it might be, the monks began to treat one another with a special reverence and respect. After all, someone among them might really be The One.
And on the off chance that each monk himself might be The One, they began to treat each other – and themselves (their SELF) - with extraordinary respect and reverence.
As time went by, the monks developed a gentle, loving quality about them that was hard to quantify but easy to notice. They lived respectfully, in harmony with each other and nature. An aura of respect and reverence seemed to radiate from them and permeate the atmosphere. There was something strangely attractive, even compelling about it. Occasional visitors found themselves deeply moved by the life of these monks.
Before long, people were coming from far and wide to be nourished by the life of the monks, and young men were asking to become a part of their community.
Within a few short years, the monastery once again became a thriving order - a vibrant center of light and spirituality in the world.
~ Author Unknown
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The moral of the story?
When it comes to resolving issues within your family, field, friendships, or foe... are YOU The One?
If not, then whom?
If not now, then when?
Happy New Year! Every single day is the beginning of a brand new year!
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