Wisdom Story – 221

bag of money

Two friends met on the street. One of them was very down. He seemed a bit agitated and resentful.

The other friend asked him, “What has the world done to you to make you feel this way?”

The friend responded, “Well, you know, three weeks ago an uncle died and he left me $40,000.”

“Hmmm.” the other said. “Well, I don’t really view that as a problem. Is there something else?”

“Well, yeah, you see, two weeks ago, a cousin died and left me $85,000.”

“Wow, that’s great! So, what’s the problem?”

“You don’t understand. You see, last week, my great aunt died, and she left me almost a quarter million dollars!”

The friend shook his head and said, “Okay, I guess I’m just not understanding something here. I understand that members of your family died, and I can understand your pain and loss. But after all, as a result, you are being blessed beyond what most of us could hope for.”

“No, you really don’t understand,” the other replied. “You see, this week … nothing.”

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Wisdom Story – 220

star

When my daughter was small she got the dubious part of the Bethlehem star in a Christmas play. After her first rehearsal she burst through the door with her costume, a five-pointed star lined in shiny gold tinsel designed to drape over her like a sandwich board.

“What exactly will you be doing in the play?” I asked her.

“I just stand there and shine,” she told me.

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Wisdom Story – 219

The Ignatian Workout by Tim Muldoon

From Tim Muldoon’s The Ignatian Workout:

Once upon a time there was a man who loved living in his tropical paradise. Having been born on the island where his parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents had always lived, he held in his heart a special place for the beauty of the palm trees, the white sand, the sloping mountains, the gentle climate.

This man, approaching death, told his loved ones to place some island sand into each of his hands when he died, so that he might hold on to the memory of his beloved place forever. They did, and so the man proceeded to the gates of heaven still clutching the sand. At the gate, he was warmly greeted and told that as soon as he emptied his hands of the sand, he could enter into eternal joy.

The man was crushed, for he could not let go of what he loved so much, and so he waited. He waited for a long, long time: so long that at last his hands grew weary and could not longer hold the sand. It eventually slipped through his fingers, lost forever.

At that moment, Jesus came to him, holding the man as he sobbed at the loss of his memory, and said, “Come now and enter into your rest.” With that, Jesus walked with the man through the gates of heaven, where there before them both stretched out the entirety of the man’s beloved island.

Wisdom Story – 218

cards

A gambler once said to the Master, “I was caught cheating at cards yesterday, so my partners beat me up and threw me out of the window. What would you advise me to do?”

The Master looked straight through the man and said, “If I were you, from now on I would play on the ground floor.”

This startled the disciples. “Why didn’t you tell him to stop gambling?” they demanded.

“Because I knew he wouldn’t,” was the Master’s simple and sagacious explanation.

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