Gifts From The Heart

01 Nov

Gifts From The HeartMichael Josephson

According to legend, a young man while roaming the desert   came across a spring of delicious crystal-clear water. The water was so sweet   he filled his leather canteen so he could bring some back to a tribal elder   who had been his teacher. After a four-day journey he presented the water to   the old man who took a deep drink, smiled warmly and thanked his student   lavishly for the sweet water. The young man returned to his village with a   happy heart.

Later, the teacher let another student taste the water. He spat it out,   saying it was awful. It apparently had become stale because of the old   leather container. The student challenged his teacher: “Master, the   water was foul. Why did you pretend to like it?”

The teacher replied, “You only tasted the water. I tasted the gift. The   water was simply the container for an act of loving-kindness and nothing   could be sweeter.”

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Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Think it over


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