A Story of the Soldier and a Spider

Not a Fable but certainly inspiring!

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During World War II, a US Marine was separated from his unit on a Pacific island. The fighting had been intense, and in the smoke and the crossfire, he had lost touch with his comrades.

Alone in the jungle, he could hear enemy soldiers coming in his direction. Scrambling for cover, he found his way up a high ridge to several small caves in the rock. Quickly he crawled inside one of the caves. Although safe for the moment, he realized that once the enemy soldiers looking for him swept up the ridge, they would quickly search all the caves and he would be killed. As he waited, he prayed, “Lord, if it be your will, please protect me. Whatever your will though, I love you and trust you. Amen.”

After praying, he lay quietly listening to the enemy begin to draw close. He…

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Fresh restart – When life has its own thoughts about your plans

Sometimes you have ideas.

Some of them are even good ones! The best are the ones you simply get sucked into.

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But then life “shares its thoughts” about your projects…and does it get interesting!

For the last year I’ve been involved in a few thrilling non-work projects.

Not only have they not meant income but in most of them it has required scarce resources (time, neurons and whatnot) and even money from my own pocket.

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Quite a downletting experience you might think.

But you know what? I’ll share a little something now that nobody’s listening.

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Thousands of people pay ungodly amounts of money to earn access to the theoretical knowdledge I’m talking about, let alone try it and test it.

This situation ties with how this blog started, so its all good!

So here is a summary of what I offer to you:

  • The business learnings in easy to take bites

  • Different techniques to stay sane and have a fresh mind

  • I’ll continue to share the stories and fables you all like!

So, are you ready to join me?

Leave your comments and suggestions below and I’ll do my best to roll them into the next posts!

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Have an awesome day.

Fables – The sick and the doctor

A doctor visited his patienent and when he asked about his state, the sick answered he had sweated more than usual.

Mujer enferma

-Everything is going well then, said the doctor.

Questioned later about its health, the sick said he had shivers and trembling.

Hombre abrigándose

-Everything is goig well, said the doctor.

During the doctor third visit, the sick informed he suffered from diarhea.

Papel higiénico

-All is well then, said the doctor.

A relative came to visit the sick and when asked about its condition, he answered:

– I’m dying…but all is well.

Normally, those who sorround us judge us by the appearance and consider us happy for things that cause deep pain.

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Fables – Listening to the inner child

A scientist was working on solving a complex mathematical problem when his little son came into the office.

– Dad, I want to be a great scientist like you. Let me help you with what you are doing.

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The man, who didn’t want to lose his concentration, looked for something to distract him. He found laying around a Geography magazine laying around, open at a picture of a big world globe.

The scientist ripped the page and broke the picture into several pieces.

– My son, scientists like me solve problems similar to this puzzle. We search with patience that the different pieces fit in.

Take these pieces and a bit of tape, sit in the floor and put together the pieces of this puzzle as if it were a great problem.

Puzzle del mundo
The kid listened fascinated his father’s explanation, without seeing the true intention, which was to keep him busy so he could work without distraction.

The man was certain that the task would keep the boy busy at least until dinner.

To his surprise, fifteen minutes later the boy came to his father’s desk and placed on the desk, with great pride, all of the pieces perfectly put together.

The man was astonished with the speed with which the small boy had reassembled the picture of the world.

– Son, how is it possible that you putso many pieces back together in so little time?

The kid replied with the innocence of a child:

– Daddy, when you gave me this, I didn’t know how to put it back together, because I didn’t know where to start.

Suddenly, I saw that behind one of the pieces you gave me there was a hand and another with a foot.

I realized that behind the broken worlrd there was also a broken man.

And since I know how a man looks before it is broken, I turned around all the pieces and I assembled the man so he would be complete again.

So by fixing the man, I fixed the world.

Puzzle ser humano

Possible source (own translation)

Fable – Aphrodite and the cat

Once upon a time, a cat fell in love with a handsome young man and prayed to Aphrodite that she would turned into a woman.

Gata ensimismada

The goddess, pleased by her wish, transformed her into a beautiful woman and the man, falling in love with her, invited her to his house.

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Being both in the main room, Aphrodite wanted to know if the change in the cat had also changed her character, so she set loose a mouse in the bedroom.

Gato persiguiendo ratón

Forgetting the cat her current situation, she leapt off the bed and chased the mouse to eat it. The goddess, furious, returned her to the original state.

Gato llorando

We all have our nature and the fight against it is lost before hand…what do you think? Let us know in the comments 🙂

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Koan – The Thief Who Became a Disciple

One evening as Shichiri Kojun was reciting sutras a thief with a sharp sword entered, demanding wither his money or his life.

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Shichiri told him: “Do not disturb me. You can find the money in that drawer.” Then he resumed his recitation.

A little while afterwards he stopped and called: “Don’t take it all. I need some to pay taxes with tomorrow.”

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The intruder gathered up most of the money and started to leave. “Thank a person when you receive a gift,” Shichiri added. The man thanked him and made off.

A few days afterwards the fellow was caught and confessed, among others, the offense against Shichiri. When Shichiri was called as a witness he said: “This man is no thief, at least as far as I am concerned. I gave him the money and he thanked me for it.”

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After he had finished his prison term, the man went to Shichiri and became his disciple.

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Koan – Right & Wrong

When Bankei held his seclusion-weeks of meditation, pupils from many parts of Japan came to attend.

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During one of these gatherings a pupil was caught stealing. The matter was reported to Bankei with the request that the culprit be expelled. Bankei ignored the case.

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Later the pupil was caught in a similar act, and again bankei disregarded the matter. this angered the other pupils, who drew up a petition asking for the dismissal of the thief, stating that otherwise they would leave in a body.

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When bankei had read the petition he called everyone before him. “You are wise brothers,” he told them. “You know what is right and what is not right. You may somewhere else to study if you wish, but this poor brother does not even know right from wrong. Who will teach him if I do not? I am going to keep him here even if all the rest of you leave.”

flaming torch

A torrent of tears cleansed the face of the brother who had stolen. All desire to steal had vanished.

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