Showing posts from February, 2016

The Bedouin and the Oasis

 Israel 2012 A man walking in the desert approached an old Bedouin gentleman and asks, “How long will it take me to walk to the nearest oasis?” The Bedouin did not respond. “I said, how long will it take me to walk to the nearest oasis?” the man asked, a bit more loudly this  time and enunciating his words very carefully in attempt to communicate more effectively. The Bedouin still did not respond. The man shook his head in frustration, turned, and began to walk away. The Bedouin called out, “It will take you three hours!” The man spun around to face the Bedouin. “Couldn’t you have told me that when I first asked?” “No,” replied the Bedouin. “I couldn’t answer until I knew how fast you walk.” ~Author Unknown

The World is a Puzzle

  There was a man who had a little boy that he loved very much. Every day after work the man would come home and play with the little boy. He would always spend all of his extra time playing with the little boy. One night, while the man was at work, he realized that he had extra work to do for the evening, and that he wouldn't be able to play with his little boy. But, he wanted to be able to give the boy something to keep him busy. So, looking around his office, he saw a magazine with a large map of the world on the cover. He got an idea. He removed the map, and then patiently tore it up into small pieces. Then he put all the pieces in his coat pocket. When he got home, the little boy came running to him and was ready to play. The man explained that he had extra work to do and couldn't play just now, but he led the little boy into the dining room, and taking out all the pieces of the map, he spread them on the table. He explained that it was a map of the world, and that by

To Whom the Gift Belongs

  It is said that one day the Buddha was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him, saying all kind of rude words. The Buddha was not upset by these insults. Instead he asked the young man, “Tell me, if you buy a gift for someone, and that person does not take it, to whom does the gift belong?” The young man was surprised to be asked such a strange question and answered, “It would belong to me, because I bought the gift.” The Buddha smiled and said, “That is correct. And it is exactly the same with your anger. If you become angry with me and I do not get insulted, then the anger falls back on you. You are then the only one who becomes unhappy, not me. All you have done is hurt yourself.” ~ Unknown

Let Me Do That

  I was at my favorite coffee shop sipping on a latte' and working on a presentation, when I saw this older gentleman wearing an Vietnam Vet Army baseball hat buy a couple cups of coffee to go. As he was putting the top on one of the cups, he spilled a bit of coffee on the floor. I noticed him walk painfully slowly, limping to get a napkin to clean up his spill. His struggling continued as he began to awkwardly bend down to wipe up the mess. Seeing this I put down my computer, stood up quickly and said, "Sir, I'll take care of that," reaching out toward him to grab the napkin from his hand. In my head I believed he would be thankful for my help, but you know what they say about assuming?! He jerked back abruptly saying "Don't touch me... I don't like to be touched." I replied, with my hand coming up non-violently, "Ok, ok, sir, I'm just trying to give you a hand." "I don't need your help, I can take care of myself,&