Tuesday, February 5, 2019

2019-06 - Shine in your own way...

A samurai who was known for his nobility and honesty once asked a monk, "Why do I feel so inferior? I have faced death many times, have defended those who are weak. Nevertheless, upon seeing you meditating, I felt that my life had absolutely no importance whatsoever."

The master invited him in and led him to his room.

"Do you see the moon, how beautiful it is? It will cross the entire firmament, and tomorrow the sun will shine once again."

"But sunlight is much brighter, and can show the details of the landscape around us: trees, mountains, clouds."

"I have contemplated the two for years, and have never heard the moon say: why do I not shine like the sun? Is it because I am inferior?"

"Of course not", answered the samurai. "The moon and the sun are different things; each has its own beauty. You cannot compare the two."

"So you know the answer. We are two different people, each fighting in his own way for that which he believes, and making it possible to make the world a better place; the rest are mere appearances."

~ Author Unknown

We are each gifted in a unique and important way.” 

~ Evelyn Dunbar

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