If your kindness has left you feeling foolish, any generosity has been taken advantage of, or your vulnerability has been used against you, you may wonder what you are doing in this world.
You may suspect ‘others’ are right in their assessment of your ‘impractical’, ‘out-of-touch with reality’, ‘naive’ and ‘gullible’ nature.
Worse of all, you may be tempted.
To meet the need to fit in.
To be driven, blinkered and ruthless in the rat race.
That takes you to places you don’t even want to go.
But must, because that is where everyone ‘who knows anything’ is headed.
To be who you are not.
Take a deep breath.
And ask yourself:
Who do you really want to be?
And how do you want to express this being in the world?
How authentic are you being right now?
I love stories and the powerful impact they can have on us. Perhaps this short Zen tale may help you find your answers:
“Two monks were washing their bowls in the river when they noticed a scorpion that was drowning. One monk immediately scooped it up and set it upon the bank. In the process he was stung. He went back to washing his bowl and again the scorpion fell in. The monk saved the scorpion and was again stung.
The other monk asked him, “Friend, why do you continue to save the scorpion when you know it’s nature is to sting?”
“Because,” the monk replied, “to save it is my nature.”“
I would add, “Because the wound of going against my own nature would be more painful than the sting from the scorpion.”
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