Wisdom Stories

Wisdom Story – 212

by Paul on August 29, 2014

Tony de Mello hits another one out of the ballpark: A Sufi of forbidding appearance arrived at the doors of the palace. No one dared to stop him as he made his way right up to the throne on which the saintly Ibrahim ben Adam sat. “What is it you want?” asked the King. “A […]


Wisdom Story – 212

by Paul on August 22, 2014

This story by Harvey Mackay from The Mackay MBA of Selling in the Real World is in Philip Chircorp’s Wisdom Stories To Live By. The professor stood before his class of 30 senior molecular biology students, about to pass out the final exam. “I have been privileged to be your instructor this semester, and I […]


Wisdom Story – 211

by Paul on August 15, 2014

I’m taking this story, as I have many others, from Philip Chircop whose site, Wisdom Stories To Live By, has saved my blogging bacon on several occasions.  I’m very grateful to him. Some people were attending a seminar. The speaker, wanting to wake up the group into full consciousness, decided to start with a  group […]


Wisdom Story – 210

by Paul on August 8, 2014

Another thought-provoking anecdote from Tony de Mello, S.J. Noticing that his father was growing old, the son of a burglar said, “Father, teach me your trade so that when you retire I may carry on the family tradition.” The father did not reply but that night he took the boy along with him to break […]


Wisdom Story – 209

by Paul on August 1, 2014

A salt doll journeyed for thousands of miles over land, until it finally came to the sea. It was fascinated by this strange moving mass, quite unlike anything it had ever seen before. “Who are you?” said the salt doll to the sea. The sea smilingly replied, “Come in and see.” So the doll waded […]


Wisdom Story – 208

by Paul on July 25, 2014

One day a young, newly ordained priest, was having a conversation with a member of his congregation when the parishioner said, “You priests and preachers talk a lot about  ‘do unto others,’  but when you get right down to it, it comes down to basin theology.” The young priest, now very curious, asked, “Basin theology?  […]


Wisdom Story – 207

by Paul on July 18, 2014

It was this very first class on a Monday morning. The wise teacher, a couple of years shy of retirement, started the day by asking her class of high school students: “Here is a quiz for you. You are sleeping. You are dreaming. A big tiger is chasing you. You try to run away and […]


Wisdom Story – 206

by Paul on July 11, 2014

There’s a Hasidic tale about a famous rabbi who was on his way to teach a village that was very interested in his ideas. This was going to be a very big event, and each Jew in the community made great preparations, pondering what question he or she might ask the wise man. The rabbi […]


Wisdom Story – 205

by Paul on June 27, 2014

There was once a well-known doctor who was famous not only for his medical expertise, but also for his extraordinary bedside manner. He was gentle and kind, and often helped people far beyond the call of duty. He had one fault, though: he loved talking about his righteousness, and felt that he was due honor […]


Wisdom Story – 203

by Paul on June 13, 2014

Why must everything be so difficult? Couldn’t God have designed our lives so that we wouldn’t need to encounter disappointments, challenges and toil every step of the way? This must be one of the oldest questions ever asked. The answer–that an “easy” life would also be a meaningless life–is probably just as old. And so […]