Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"What a delicious strawberry!!"

I was having a conversation with a dear friend about getting through the day and how things could always be worse, she remembered this "zen story" her version and the way she described was spectacular and although it only took a minute to recite, I got stuck in a moment (ok i'm neurotic and I looked it up) and I found this...

'There was once a man who was being chased by a ferocious tiger across a field. At the edge of the field there was a cliff. In order to escape the jaws of the tiger, the man caught hold of a vine and swung himself over the edge of the cliff. Dangling down, he saw, to his dismay, there were more tigers on the ground below him! And, furthermore, two little mice were gnawing on the vine to which he clung. He knew that at any moment he would fall to certain death. That's when he noticed a wild strawberry growing on the cliff wall. Clutching the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other and put it in his mouth. He never before realized how sweet a strawberry could taste.'

His day would have been a lot worse without the strawberry. I made it 5 PM to end my shift fairly effortlessly.

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