Pretty Sad But Somehow Enlightening

Ed. Note: Found this online, the author is unknown. While the story doesn’t have the ideal outcome, I think the story/ lesson is great anyhow.

Two men, both seriously ill, occupied the same hospital room. One man was allowed to sit up in his bed for an hour each afternoon to help drain the fluid from his lungs. His bed was next to the room’s only window. The other man had to spend all his time flat on his back. The men talked for hours on end. They spoke of their wives and families, their homes, their jobs, their involvement in the military service, where they had been on vacation. And every afternoon when the man in the bed by the window could sit up, he would pass the time by describing to his roommate all the things he could see outside the window.

The man in the other bed began to live for those one-hour periods where his world would be broadened and enlivened by all the activity and color of the world outside. The window overlooked a park with a lovely lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while children sailed their model boats. Young lovers walked arm in arm amidst flowers of every color of the rainbow. Grand old trees graced the landscape, and a fine view of the city skyline could be seen in the distance.

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Mormons well-served by self-reliance in hard times

Reading this at this time in our history, I can only agree that we all need to be more self reliant and also look at the ones that are less prepared than we are for the current times. A few years ago my area was struck by several major hurricanes. I was okay and prepared. I looked out for others in my area that needed help and did my best to assist them. I worked with the county to go to a local retirement community. We went door to door and checked on each resident. Most seemed, okay they were assisting the ones less able to care for themselves.

Whether it is time of natural disasters or man made economic ones, the ones that are prepared should look to the ones that are not and offer assistance.

John McGavern, Buddhist, led university libraries

From The Boston Globe

Perhaps nothing reflected John H. McGavern’s Buddhist beliefs more than his reaction to being shot during a deadly bus hijacking in New York City on July 4, 1977, that made national headlines.

The gunman, Luis Robinson, a 26-year-old sailor, was on a three-day leave from the USS Detroit when he boarded the bus in Manhattan and forced it to John F. Kennedy International Airport, where he held the passengers hostage for 10 hours, wounding several of them during the ordeal, The New York Times reported.

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Construction worker survives cave-in

From Daily India – A 52-year-old Chinese construction worker says he survived being buried for two hours by a wall of mud by positive thinking and Buddhist meditation.

Wang Jianxin was digging a ditch in the eastern China coastal port of Ningbo when a wall suddenly collapsed on him. He had nothing to protect himself except his plastic safety helmet and that, plus a calm, thoughtful approach to his predicament, was all he needed.

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Zen Village owner envisions free yoga lessons for seniors

From Miami Herald – Master Chufei Tsai stands over a group of two dozen kindergartners at the Barnyard Community Center in the West Grove on a Wednesday afternoon.

Together, they hold up their fingers and intonate ”OM.” Under Tsai’s instructions, their tiny bodies shift into yoga poses.

”We have very aggressive children,” says Sylvia Jordan, director of the center. “This calms them down.”

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Don’t Blame The Lettuce

“When you plant lettuce, if it does not grow well, you don’t blame the lettuce. You look for reasons it is not doing well. It may need fertilizer, or more water, or less sun. You never blame the lettuce.

Yet if we have problems with our friends or family, we blame the other person. But if we know how to take care of them, they will grow well, like the lettuce. Blaming has no positive effect at all, nor does trying to persuade using reason and argument.

That is my experience. No blame, no reasoning, no argument, just understanding. If you understand, and you show that you understand, you can love, and the situation will change.”

– Thich Nhat Hanh