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.

Being pulled

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.

Fresh Start

Quite a downletting experience you might think.

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

Telling a secret

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!

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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.

Source (Transladated)

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 🙂

Source (own translation)

Koan – Right & Wrong

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

meditating monks

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.

stealing cookies

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.

Source

Koan – Zen Dialogue

Zen teachers train their young pupils to express themselves. Two Zen temples each had a child protégé. One child, going to obtain vegetables each morning, would meet the other on the way.

“Where are you going?” asked the one.

“I am going wherever my feet go,” the other responded.

Camino montañas

This reply puzzled the first child who went to his teacher for help. “Tomorrow morning,” the teacher told him, “when you meet that little fellow, ask him the same question. He will give you the same answer, and then you ask him: ‘Suppose you have no feet, then where are you going?’ That will fix him.”

The children met again the following morning.

“Where are you going?” asked the first child.

“I am going wherever the wind blows,” answered the other.

viento soplando

This again nonplussed the youngster, who took his defeat to the teacher.

Ask him where he is going if there is no wind,” suggested the teacher.

The next day the children met a third time.

“Where are you going?” asked the first child.

“I am going to the market to buy vegetables,” the other replied.

verduras

If life is constant change, why do you expect the same answer for the same question?

Source

Koan – The Stone Budha

A merchant bearing fifty rolls of cotton goods on his shoulders stopped to rest from the heat of the day beneath a shelter where a large stone Buddha was standing. There he fell asleep, and when he awoke his goods had disappeared. He immediately reported the matter to the police.

Telas teñidas

A judge named O-oka opened court to investigate. “That stone Buddha must have stolen the goods,” concluded the judge. “He is supposed to care for the welfare of the people, but he has failed to perform his holy duty. Arrest him.”

Budha de piedra

The police arrested the stone Buddha and carried it into the court. A noisy crowd followed the statue, curious to learn what kind of a sentence the judge was about to impose.

When O-oka appeared on the bench he rebuked the boisterous audience. “What right have you people to appear before the court laughing and joking in this manner? You are in contempt of court and subject to a fine and imprisonment.”

The people hastened to apologize. “I shall have to impose a fine on you,” said the judge, “but I will remit it provided each one of you brings one roll of cotton goods to the court within three days. Anyone failing to do this will be arrested.”

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One of the rolls of cloth which the people brought was quickly recognized by the merchant as his own, and thus the thief was easily discovered. The merchant recovered his goods, and the cotton rolls were returned to the people.

Source

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