MoStory Posted By Dr. MO Years ago I heard a story told by Dr. Wayne Dyer about two different people who approached him as he was walking his dog on a beach near his home in San Diego. Each of them told him that they were considering moving to San Diego, and asked him what it was like.
The question and answer was very similar to the one described in today’s post…..
There was once a traveller who was walking from a village in the mountains to a village in the valley. Along the way, he saw a monk working in a field. He stopped and said to the monk, “I’m on my way to the village in the valley, can you tell me what it’s like?”
The monk looked up from his labor and asked the man where he had come from. The man responded, “I have come from a village in the mountains.”
“What was that like?” the monk asked. “Terrible!” the man exclaimed, “No-one spoke my language, and I had to sleep on a dirt floor in one of their houses. They fed me some sort of stew that had yak or dog or both in it and the weather was atrocious. I couldn’t wait to leave”
“I think that you will find that the village in the valley is much the same,” the monk said.
A few hours later another traveller passed by and he said to the monk, “Good afternoon, I am on my way to the village in the valley, can you tell what it’s like?” “Where have you come from?” enquired the monk. “I have come from a village in the mountains.” “And what was that like?”
“It was awesome!” the man replied, with a beautiful smile, “No-one spoke my language and so we communicated using our hands and facial expressions. I slept on the dirt floor which was really cool, I’ve never done that before. They fed me some sort of weird stew and I have no idea what was in it but just to experience how the locals lived was great. The weather was freezing cold, which meant that I really got a taste of the local conditions. It was one of the best experiences of my life.”
“I think that you’ll find that the village in the valley is much the same,” responded the monk.
Life is 10% what happens and 90% how we respond. Don’t allow the challenges of life to take away your joy. There are lots of reasons to complain and be miserable if that’s the way you think. And, there are lots of reasons to be grateful, enthusiastic and joyful if that’s how you think.
What you feel and how you act are principally determined by your point of view, and you can improve your point of view by learning to think more positively, if you want!
How do you look at life? And, do you want to want to feel better?
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