There is a Zen story about a student that endeavors to meet a great Zen teacher so that he can learn more. They meet, and the Zen student begins to tell the teacher all that he knows about Zen.
The teacher says nothing for a long while as the student rattles off all that he has done, and all that he knows about Zen teachings.
The teacher then says to the student: “Would you like to have some tea?”
The student agrees, and he and the teacher sit before a tea pot as the student continues to talk.
The Zen master places a cup before the student and begins pouring the tea until the cup is full – and he keeps pouring. The tea spills over the rim and onto the floor.
Suddenly, the student notices what the teacher is doing and says: “Why are you doing that? The cup is already full?”
“That cup is like your mind.” Says the Zen Master. “You cannot expect to add more when your cup is already full.”
I think I need a bit of time to be more quiet. And to listen rather than to speak.
I have a very busy month ahead with work and travel. I am also still working on incorporating exercise as a daily habit.
And of course, I’ll be continuing my low carb ways.
So I think there will be less postings from me for the rest of the month of January.
So – my challenge to you – what words of wisdom do you have?
Surely all of you who come here have some wisdom, some insight, that you would like to pass on – if only people would listen.
Maybe it’s locked up deep inside, as you’ve given up hope of anyone listening, caring, or understanding.
Here’s your chance: leave a comment to this post that contains your words of wisdom. Remember – when you post, no one can see your email address or identity unless you choose to reveal it, so feel free to write that thing that you have never put to paper and pen – but it should be made known.
Wisdom can range from the simple, to the mundane, to the profound – there’s no limit to the definition of wisdom except the one you place upon it. It can be diet-related or not – the sky’s the limit here.
Me – I’m listening. And I have seen how words can change lives.
Maybe your words here can do the same.