There was a monk in the desert in Egypt who
was being tormented by many temptations.
He thought that if he changed the environment
and went to live somewhere else, the devil
would release somewhat his attacks and so
he would be more at peace.
Said and done. He got up, put on his cloak
and was putting on his sandals to leave,
when looking up, he saw another man who was
doing the same as him - putting on the cloak
and tying the sandals… He was taken aback.
"Who are you?" asked the monk.
"I am you!" was the answer. "Wherever
you go, I go. Anywhere you go, you take yourself
with you. You can never escape yourself."
Many have discovered to their dismay that
changing external circumstances does not
One of the brothers was living in a community,
but very often the brothers would get on
his nerves. So he said: "I will go and
live alone. There I shall have peace."
He left, found a cave in the desert and started
living on his own. One day, whilst filling
his jug with water, it slipped off his hand.
He picked it up, filled it with water, but
it slipped off again. Once more he picked
it up, filled it with water… but it slipped
off his hand yet again. When it happened
the third time, he really got mad. He smashed
the jug to the ground, shattering to pieces…
When he came back to his senses he realised
how the devil had misled him. "I will
go back to the convent - he said to himself
- because the struggle is everywhere and
God's help also is everywhere."
Whatever you are trying to evade and whatever
you wish to have, is probably within you.
Look for it there…
A man was walking all by himself when he
saw this kid looking for something on his
knees. "What are you looking for?"
he asked him. "The house key. I lost
it." This man too went down on his knees
and started looking for it as well. After
searching for quite a while to no avail,
the man asked this boy, "But are you
sure you lost it here?" "No, I
did not lose it here. In fact, I lost it
quite a distance from here!" "So
why are you looking for it here?" replied
the man. "Because there is more light
here," the kid answered calmly.
Sir Wilfred Grenfell, was a medical missionary
pioneer in Labrador Canada. He worked really
hard to improve the living conditions among
the fishermen. One day, he found himself
adrift on an ice flow, headed out to sea.
He mercifully killed his dogs, made a coat
out of their hides, put up a distress flag,
and lay down and slept. Later he said, "There
was nothing to fear. I had done all I could,
the rest lay in God's hands."
Many think that they have to go far
to have a blissful life. They are wrong.
Even in the place you are, you can
"Blossom where you have been planted",
said this big poster in my high school
I always liked it.
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