Stop Being A Glass. Become A Lake…

Stop Being A Glass. Become A Lake…

An ageing master grew tired of his apprentice’s complaints. One morning, he sent him to get some salt. When the apprentice returned, the master told him to mix a handful of salt in a glass of water and then drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” said the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take the same handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and once the apprentice swirled his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young ma

n’s chin, the master asked, “How does it taste?”
“Fresh,” remarked theapprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.

“No,” said the young man.

At this the master sat beside this serious young man, and explained softly: “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.”

By |2018-06-14T12:22:47+00:00February 2nd, 2014|Awareness, Inspiring Stories, Joy and Happiness, Wholeness|2 Comments


  1. Pat March 20, 2014 at 10:52 pm - Reply

    If ever there were wise words…… seems like I have to reread this story over and over again……

    Thank you for posting it.

    • Beatrice1 March 25, 2014 at 10:36 pm - Reply

      I guess that we all have Dear Pat… These words are very wise indeed… Blessings to you!

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