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Monday, 24 August 2015

The Parable of Two Monks (THOUGHT-PROVOKING)

Two monks, Tanzan and Ekido were once travelling together down a muddy road. A heavy rain was still falling. Coming around a bend, they met a lovely girl in a silk kimono and sash, unable to cross the intersection.

"Come on, lady," said Tanzan at once. Lifting her in his arms, he carried her over the mud.

Ekido did not speak again until that night when they reached a lodging temple. Then he no longer could restrain himself.

"We monks don't go near females," he told Tanzan, "especially not young and lovely ones. It is dangerous. Why did you do that?”

The latter stared at him for sometime before responding.

"I left the girl there," said Tanzan. "Are you still carrying her?”


In life, letting go can be difficult but you will torture yourself mentally and emotionally by holding on. Breathe deep, and let it go. Life doesn’t always follow the script; rules are bent and broken; the ideal doesn’t match the real. But carrying wounds long after the battle is done is indeed a mark of immaturity.

Let it go!!!

The Five Hundred Naira (N500) Parable

It happened some time ago but I was in an audience listening to a motivational speaker.

The speaker got out his wallet & pulled out a 500 Naira note. Holding it up, he asked, "Who wants this 500 naira note?"

A lot of hands went up including mine. A slow chorus began to build as people began to shout "Me!" "Me!" I began to wonder who the lucky one would be. And I also secretly wondered (and I am sure others did too) why he would simply give away 500 naira.

Even as the shouts of "I want it" grew louder, I noticed a young woman running down the aisle. She ran up onto the stage, went up to the speaker, and grabbed the 500 naira note from his hand.

"Well done, young lady," said the speaker into the microphone. The speaker simply says "Most of us just sit and wait for good things to happen. That is of no use. You've got to make things happen. Make a move"

'Simply thinking about doing something is of no use and not good enough'. Our lives are like that. We all see opportunities around us. We all want the good things. The problem is that we don't take action.
We all want the 500 naira notes on offer. But we don't make the move. We look at it longingly.

"Get up, and do something about it. Don't worry about what other people might think.

Just take action!!!
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