Exist and Useful were twin sisters who grew up in the beautiful town of Life. They had a typical childhood, enjoying the world around them. They attended Opportunity High School where they both received a good education. The twins had a lot in common, yet they were different. When asked what their goals were, they had very different answers. Exist’s goals were more inward, more focused on self. She said she simply wanted to enjoy everything she possibly could in life, experience lots of adventure, be free-spirited, not be tied to schedules and deadlines. Serving her own interests were her … Continue reading PARABLE: HOW DO YOU WANT TO BE REMEMBERED? THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EXIST AND USEFUL.
Once upon a time in a small mountain village it was the custom for the villagers to strap on their knapsacks each morning, Then, during the day, each time they worried about something or felt depressed about a problem, they would pick up a small pebble and put it in their knapsack. The knapsacks were heavy and a burden to carry because the villagers never emptied them. They carried their burdens every day. It was all they knew. One day one of the village elders walked down to the river bank. He was bent over from his knapsack full of … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE BOY WHO CAST HIS BURDENS AWAY
There was an emperor who was growing old. He decided to choose his successor. He decided to call all the children in the kingdom together and choose one of them. He said to the children, “I’m going to give each of you a seed and a pot. I want you to plant the seed and come back in one year with what you grew. I will judge the plants and choose the best one. The child with the best plant willl become emperor. A small girl named Lia went home and planted her seed. She watered it faithfully but nothing … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE CHILD AND THE EMPEROR’S SEED
Two frogs were hopping along having a friendly conversation when they unexpectedly hopped into a deep well. They jumped and jumped but could not jump out of the deep well. Thus, they started to yell for help. A group of frogs came hopping by, heard the yelling, and looked into the well. It looked like an impossible situation. They concluded that the well was too deep for the two trapped frogs to escape and told them to give up and stop jumping. It was useless to keep trying. However, the two frogs would not give up. They kept jumping. The … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE FROG THAT JUMPED TO FREEDOM
PARABLE Every morning in Africa, a gazelle wakes up. It knows that it must run faster than the fastest lion, or it will be killed. Every morning a lion wakes up. It knows that it must outrun the slowest gazelle, or it will starve to death. APPLICATION Get your rest. Wake up early. Focus. Know what you plan to accomplish. Get going. Take action. Don’t tarry. Achieve your goals. Find a quiet spot to rest. Reflect on your day. Feel good about what you accomplished. Plan tomorrow so you’re ready to go early. Rest. Continue reading AN AFRICAN PARABLE: INSIGHTS AND APPLICATION
An old woman who lived a lonely, unhappy life, awoke one morning to find a stranger at her door. The stranger said to her, “I have come to give you three CHOICES and only three. CHOOSE the three things that YOU VALUE MOST IN LIFE and they will be granted but, once you choose, all other things you value in life will be stripped away. They will be gone forever. You have just one day to make your choices. I will be back tomorrow to hear your choices.” The old woman went to her favorite chair and sat down. “I … Continue reading PARABLE OF THE WOMAN WHO WAS GIVEN THREE CHOICES