Arrr! Shiver me timbers!
I've long been plundering treasures from the Internet sea, but some marvelous plunder is too extensive or are a more appealing read just as they are posted on the grand blog galleons that bare them. There is nothing worse than carrying a bunch of rotten taters around in you head. So I will give you a little taste, then send you off to read the full story, if you like, or you could just stay here and clean the dust off this monitor.
The Tao of Forgiveness
by Derek Lin
One day, the sage gave the disciple an empty sack and a basket of potatoes. "Think of all the people who have done or said something against you in the recent past, especially those you cannot forgive. For each of them, inscribe the name on a potato and put it in the sack."
The disciple came up quite a few names, and soon his sack was heavy with potatoes.
"Carry the sack with you wherever you go for a week," said the sage. "We'll talk after that."
At first, the disciple thought nothing of it. Carrying the sack was not particularly difficult. But after a while, it became more of a burden. It sometimes got in the way, and it seemed to require more effort to carry as time went on, even though its weight remained the same.
After a few days, the sack began to smell. The carved potatoes gave off a ripe odor. Not only were they increasingly inconvenient to carry around, they were also becoming rather unpleasant.
Finally, the week was over. The sage summoned the disciple. "Any thoughts about all this?" >> http://www.taoism.net/living/2004/200409.htm
My friend, the link under (Tao Living), is quicker.
People come into our lives for a reason, a season, or a lifetime. Take no one for granted and embrace all equally with joy!
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