Digging A Way Out

Stones on a Rocky Ocean Beach

Stones on a Rocky Ocean Beach

There’s a man who has been by himself in a prison cell with a dirt floor, crude stone walls, and there’s two windows one of which looks out towards the ocean. All of the sudden, he hears a scratching noise, and he looks down at the ground that is furthest away from the window facing the ocean. He sees the ground moving, and he starts to think he’s losing his mind. But soon the ground breaks, and up pops a head with long hair and a beard… it’s a prisoner.

And the prisoner says “Sssh. Listen. A group of us have been tunneling for about six years, and we’ve finally reached your cell. We have ways to cover up my entrance into this, but now it’s all on your shoulders, man. All you have to do,” he said while pointing out the window towards the ocean, “you just start digging here and go down about six feet and about 75 feet in that direction and there is freedom, and we’re outta here!”

“Oh, I love that! That’s great; I want to be free!”

“Okay, I’ll check back with you in a few weeks.”

Two weeks later, the pops back in to check on his friend’s progress, and his friend nods back with great affirmation. “Yeah, I’ve done it.”

So the man who was providing the instructions pops down the hole, and two seconds later pops right back up and says, “What have you done?!?!?”

“Huh?”

“I told you to dig in the direction towards the OCEAN! This tunnel that you dug goes back under the wall and into the prison yard.”

“Well, the digging was easier in the other direction…”

Reflection Questions:-

  • In your life right now,what is one way you are digging in the “easy” direction?
  • How might your life be different if you were to dig towards the metaphorical “ocean”?
  • What tools or resources would enable you to dig in the direction of the “ocean” more often?

A Single Glass of Water

Just after finishing dinner, with a quick swipe, the teacher intentionally knocked his glass of water onto the floor. Glass shattered everywhere, yet he remained calm.

Meanwhile, his student, Raha, became noticeably upset. With similar upset, an employee begrudgingly began to clean up the water and broken glass. Almost everybody in the restaurant was upset, except for the teacher.

While attempting to hide her anger, Raha asked: “Why did you do that?”

Her teacher replied, “What I do is far less important than what you do. Perhaps it might be more interesting to ask yourself why you feel the way you do right now.”

These words affected Raha so deeply that she was immediately moved to action. Raha helped the employee clean up the mess, and the more Raha helped, the less anger she felt. And the more the teacher watched, the more his eyes filled with tears.

After a few minutes, just as the table and floor had become clean, so had Raha’s heart. With immense gratitude, Raha bowed slightly to her teacher and then walked out the door.

What remained was no longer just a teacher, but rather, also a student once again seeking the Truth.

 

I hope you’ve enjoyed this story. I wish for you a wonderful day!

Just after finishing dinner, with a quick swipe, the teacher intentionally knocked his glass of water onto the floor. Glass shattered everywhere, yet he remained calm.

Meanwhile, his student, Raha, became noticeably upset. With similar upset, an employee begrudgingly began to clean up the water and broken glass. Almost everybody in the restaurant was upset, except for the teacher.

While attempting to hide her anger, Raha asked: “Why did you do that?”

Her teacher replied, “What I do is far less important than what you do. Perhaps it might be more interesting to ask yourself why you feel the way you do right now.”

These words affected Raha so deeply that she was immediately moved to action. Raha helped the employee clean up the mess, and the more Raha helped, the less anger she felt. And the more the teacher watched, the more his eyes filled with tears.

After a few minutes, just as the table and floor had become clean, so had Raha’s heart. With immense gratitude, Raha bowed slightly to her teacher and then walked out the door.

What remained was no longer just a teacher, but rather, also a student once again seeking the Truth.

Stuck In An Abusive Relationship

A lady goes to work at a large department store and she’s friends with somebody in a another department who she doesn’t know very well, but is drawn to her. You know how you can just meet somebody and like them immediately. But over a short period of time this one lady begins to notice that the other lady is getting more and more solemn and depressed.

And finally, even though they have never really spoken, she walks over and says “Hi. I’m Ruth and we smile at each other from time to time. I hope I’m not prying into your life, but I could tell that something is wrong. Would you mind sharing it with me? Maybe it would be better if we talked about it.”

“Yeah, I’ll tell you what the deal is. I’m stuck in an abusive relationship.”

“Oh,” Ruth says, “listen to me. Don’t you put up with it for one second. Don’t you stay in any abusive relationship. No matter what, don’t you stick with it.”

“No, I don’t think you understand,” says the other lady. “You see, I live all by myself. And there’s nobody else in my life but me.”

This story was written by the best-selling author, Guy Finley.

That Special You

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One day a teacher asked her students to list the names of the other students in the room on two sheets of paper, leaving a space between each name.

Then she told them to think of the nicest thing they could say about each of their classmates and write it down.

It took the remainder of the class period to finish their assignment, and as the students left the room, each one handed in the papers.

That Saturday, the teacher wrote down the name of each student on a separate sheet of paper, and listed what everyone else had said about that individual.

On Monday she gave each student his or her list. Before long, the entire class was smiling. “Really?” she heard whispered. “I never knew that I meant anything to anyone!” and, “I didn’t know others liked me so much,” were most of the comments.

No one ever mentioned those papers in class again. She never knew if they discussed them after class or with their parents, but it didn’t matter.

The exercise had accomplished its purpose. The students were happy with themselves and one another.

That group of students moved on. Several years later, one of the students was killed in Vietnam and his teacher attended the funeral of that special student.

She had never seen a serviceman in a military coffin before. He looked so handsome, so mature.

The church was packed with his friends. One by one those who loved him took a last walk by the coffin.

The teacher was the last one to bless the coffin. As she stood there, one of the soldiers who acted as pallbearer came up to her.

“Were you Mark’s math teacher?” he asked. She nodded: “yes.” Then he said: “Mark talked about you a lot.”

After the funeral, most of Mark’s former classmates went together to a luncheon. Mark’s mother and father were there, obviously waiting to speak with his teacher.

“We want to show you something,” his father said, taking a wallet out of his pocket. “They found this on Mark when he was killed. We thought you might recognize it.”

Opening the billfold, he carefully removed two worn pieces of notebook paper that had obviously been taped, folded and refolded many times.

The teacher knew without looking that the papers were the ones on which she had listed all the good things each of Mark’s classmates had said about him.

“Thank you so much for doing that,” Mark’s mother said. “As you can see, Mark treasured it.”

All of Mark’s former class mates started to gather around.

Charlie smiled rather sheepishly and said, “I still have my list. It’s in the top drawer of my desk at home.”

Chuck’s wife said, “Chuck asked me to put his in our wedding album.”

“I have mine too,” Marilyn said. “It’s in my diary.”

Then Vicki, another classmate, reached into her pocketbook, took out her wallet and showed her worn and frazzled list to the group. “I carry this with me at all times, ” Vicki said and without batting an eyelash, she continued: “I think we all saved our lists.”

That’s when the teacher finally sat down and cried.

She cried for Mark and for all his friends who would never see him again.

Bird-Dogging Through Life

Once upon a time there was a little dog who wanted to have a big impact in the world. He was a fast dog with quick wits, and he knew what it took to succeed in life. And though though was very proud of his papa for the way he always rounded up the sheep, this little dog had his sights set even higher.

See, every day the little dog looked up into the sky and saw an amazing eagle soaring above. He noticed how the eagle could go anywhere it wanted, it could dive and swoop as fast as a bullet, and was the pure expression of freedom.

Every day the little dog watched and studied the eagle because he wanted to become an eagle. The little dog already knew how to be courageous, fast, and fearless, just like the eagle. But in order to really live like an eagle, the little dog knew he should learn some new lessons and skills.

So each and every day, the little dog tried to teach himself a new lesson. Here are the lessons he knew he should diligently work on so he could become an eagle:

  • Lesson 1: “I should grow wings with feathers so that I can fly high in the sky.”
  • Lesson 2: “I should sharpen my vision so I can spot my prey from far away.”
  • Lesson 3: “I should be perfectly patient until the right prey is vulnerable to attack.”
  • Lesson 4: “I should sharpen my nails and teeth so I can hold onto my prey.”
  • Lesson 5: “I should live on top of rocks and alone so I can prove my independence.”

After practicing for months and months all alone in the wilderness, the little dog become extremely discouraged. Even though he had become much more patient and independent, he still became depressed and was losing his love for life.

Every time the little dog noticed he had no wings, he got sad. …

When the little dog saw that his vision wasn’t improving, he got sadder…

And when his nails and teeth didn’t get sharper, he became even sadder…

Eventually, the little dog returned home with his tail between his legs. He went to his papa, and the little dog just cried and cried because no matter how hard he tried, he could never become the eagle he felt he should be.

What the little dog didn’t know was that his papa was one of the wisest dogs in the world!

After the little dog had cried all his tears until he had no more, his papa knew it was the right time to share what he knew about the secret to living and loving life:

“Son, I know you had big dreams of being an eagle. Eagles are beautiful, wonderful creatures with amazing qualities we all can admire. You were even able to become more patient and independent like the eagles.

However, what you have come to realize is that no matter how hard you try, you are not an eagle… you are a dog. Telling yourself how you “should” be only results in pain and frustration because you lose sight of your true self… you forget about the amazing, beautiful, admirable qualities you already have!

You have become the best dog you can be, and I am proud of you for going after your dreams with all of your heart. I see how courageous, fast, fearless, patient, and independent you are, and I know many other animals – including dogs and eagles – will look upon you with admiration and a desire to learn how to be more like you.

Remember that you were brought into this world with a special set of unique talents and strengths, and you will find your passion and purpose in this life. Just like a bird can never become a dog, a dog can never become a bird… so next time you find yourself wishing you could be a different kind of animal, just remind yourself to “stop bird-dogging” and then reflect upon the amazing gifts you already have!”

After that, the little dog looked up with new hope in his eyes and slowly trotted out into the field… no longer was he looking at the sky wishing he were an eagle, but rather, he looked directly at the eagle with gratitude for the new qualities he learned that would help him become a more fully-realized and present dog…

He became a dog that truly loves his life.