Old Japanese Philosopher

japanesephilospherThere was an old Japanese philosopher who would go up into the mountains every day to study nature.  At the end of each day, he would come down and teach the people in the town what he had learned. One day as he headed toward the mountain, three men were waiting for him at the base.  The first man asked him to bring him a Rose when he came down that evening.  The next man asked for a Lillie and the third man asked if he would bring him a Hawthorne branch.  The men desired to have these things so they could study them.  The old Japanese philosopher happily agreed.

That evening when he arrived back in town he had with him a Rose, a Lillie and a Hawthorne branch.  When the first man received the Rose, he immediate complained that it had a thorn, the second man, upon receiving the Lilli said “Oh look it has a dead leaf on it.”  As the third man received the Hawthorne branch he was put out by all the dirt on the roots.  As they complained  the old philosopher quietly took each of the treasures back.

He took the thorn from the Rose and gave it back to the first man, he removed the dead leaf from the Lillie and gave it to the second man, the dirt from the roots of the Hawthorne branch was given to the third.  Upon completing this he looked at the men and gently said:  “I will keep the beauty I have seen and you can keep that which you have seen.”

The first time I heard this story it stuck a cord in me.  Truly this is the way it is in life.  We get to keep that which we see and all the rest we miss.  This small story has served to increase my awareness of all that I have, all that I am and all I can become.  I hope it does the same for you.

Onward & Upward My Friends, Lisa

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