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Noipap A Soul Story

Chapter 11

Some words and a story

After a hard day that was meant to change Papion’s life, he didn’t tell the butterfly a thing about what had happened, but asked her:

-Airam, how can I change myself, when I’m so afraid of losing what I have? How can I express myself to the others when they don’t understand me?

-Let’s take your questions one at a time, starting with the fear of losing. If you’re really satisfied with your life, there’s nothing to change.

You should go ahead with what are you doing!

If, however, you are dissatisfied with what you have and you want to change something, how can you be afraid to lose something you don’t like? So rather than assume certain risks, you prefer to accept a life of discontent?!?

As for the fear of losing, let’s imagine a thirsty man in the desert.

He carries a water container that’s so rotten that the interior walls are filmed with greenish bacteria. Outside it has been raining for some time. Just sitting with his mouth open, he fails to swallow enough water to quench his thirst. Because of his fear of running out of the water he carries, he refuses to spill it and he keeps the lid closed. During this time he wishes for a cup of clean water so much, and he keeps hoping that one will show up… but nothing. Instead, he keeps his mouth open, allowing the raindrops to enter, but he doesn’t manage to appease his thirst.

If he wants fate to smile at him, wouldn’t it be better to understand that it is unlikely for a clean cup of water to appear out of nowhere? Wouldn’t it be easier to empty the one he is carrying, rinse it clean, and let the rain fill it? asked the beautiful lady butterfly.

-Yes, of course, he’d do that, the last fool would do that! No one would hold the lid closed, keeping water that doesn’t serve them anymore, Papion answered. -You know, the one who is afraid that the rain might stop, the one who doesn’t know how long the rain in the desert lasts, the one who doesn’t understand that at that moment the rain is his salvation wouldn’t give up the water in his container! -Okay… but I was talking about life in general.

-And I tell you: Your life is like a container, and you are not satisfied with the contents!! You need to open the lid—that is, to open your mind and remove from your life everything that harms you, and make room for everything you want! You see, we’ve got the wrong idea about what it means to give up. We don’t understand that when we take responsibility for giving something up, we’re just making space for better things that life can offer us!

-And if one aims too high? If his aspirations are really high?

-It doesn’t matter how high you aim, it matters that you understand that in order to succeed, you need lots of practice!! Only if you continue to improve yourself will you succeed! But you need to keep trying until the day you make it!

-All right, but how about waiting for a time when you’re more prepared?

-The best moment to do something with your life is NOW!!! You can’t just sit around and wait for things to change. Inaction is the worst thing for someone who is not satisfied with his life!

I recently received a box with a Tibetan talisman from a dear friend. An image of Buddha and a lotus flower were painted on the box, along with this statement: “ There is nothing more constant in life than change.”

Dear Papion, I really think that life is constantly changing and it all depends on your choices. After all, everything is a choice!

In this moment, you choose to listen to me or not.

You choose whether to act or not!

So remember: Don’t believe everything will remain the same if you do nothing; on the contrary, life goes on! It’s up to you to determine whether your life will be as you wish, or if you will live forever with emptiness because you won’t consider your feelings, your dreams, and what you can become.

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Keep calm and develop your skills

 

After the bamboo seed is planted, you don’t see anything for approximately five years, other than a tiny shoot.

All of its growth happens underground; a complex root system that extends vertically and horizontally in the earth begins to form.

At the end of the fifth year, the Chinese bamboo grows until it is approximately 25 meters tall.

Many things in life, personal and professional, are like the Chinese bamboo.

You work, invest time, energy, do everything possible to nurture your growth and, sometimes, you don’t see anything for weeks, months or even years.

But if you have the patience to keep working, to keep persisting and nurturing, your fifth year will arrive and with it will come changes that you hadn’t even dreamed of.

Remember that one must be very daring to reach great heights, and at the same time, a lot of depth to stay grounded.

Taken from ALEPH

 

Source: http://paulocoelhoblog.com/2017/11/14/20-sec-read-the-chinese-bamboo/

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“Serenity” from As a Man Thinketh by James Allen

“Calmness of mind is one of the beautiful jewels of wisdom. It is the result of long and patient effort in self- control. Its presence is an indication of ripened experience, and of a more than ordinary knowledge of the laws and operations of thought.


A man becomes calm in the measure that he understands himself as a thought-evolved being, for such knowledge necessitates the understanding of others as the result of thought, and as he develops a right understanding, and sees more and more clearly the internal relations of things by the action of cause and effect, he ceases to fuss and fume and worry and grieve, and remains poised, steadfast, serene.


The calm man, having learned how to govern himself, knows how to adapt himself to others; and they, in turn, reverence his spiritual strength, and feel that they can learn of him and rely upon him. The more tranquil a man becomes, the greater is his success, his influence, his power for good. Even the ordinary trader will find his business prosperity increase as he develops a greater self-control and equanimity, for people will always prefer to deal with a man whose demeanor is strongly equable.


The strong, calm man is always loved and revered. He is like a shade-giving tree in a thirsty land, or a sheltering rock in a storm. Who does not love a tranquil heart, a sweet-tempered, balanced life? It does not matter whether it rains or shines, or what changes come to those possessing these blessings, for they are always sweet, serene, and calm. That exquisite poise of character which we call serenity is the last lesson of culture; it is the flowering of life, the fruitage of the soul. It is precious as wisdom, more to be desired than gold – yea, than even fine gold. How insignificant mere money-seeking looks in comparison with a serene life – a life that dwells in the ocean of Truth, beneath the waves, beyond the reach of tempests, in the Eternal Calm!


How many people we know who sour their lives, who ruin all that is sweet and beautiful by explosive tempers, who destroy their poise of character, and make bad blood! It is a question whether the great majority of people do not ruin their lives and mar their happiness by lack of self-control. How few people we meet in life who are well-balanced, who have that exquisite poise which is characteristic of the finished character!
Yes, humanity surges with uncontrolled passion, is tumultuous with ungoverned grief, is blown about by anxiety and doubt. 

Only the wise man, only he whose thoughts are controlled and purified, makes the winds and the storms of the soul obey him.

 

Tempest-tossed souls, wherever ye may be, under whatsoever conditions ye may live, know this – in the ocean of life the isles of Blessedness are smiling, and the sunny shore of your ideal awaits your coming. Keep your hand firmly upon the helm of thought.

 In the barque of your soul reclines the commanding Master; He does but sleep; wake Him. Self-control is strength; Right Thought is mastery; Calmness is power. 

Say unto your heart, “Peace, be still!”

As a Man Thinketh by James Allen 1903 Public Domain

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