Once in a while, we come across saying ‘Think before you speak”. Words play an important role our relationship with others. What we say and how we say it, tells a lot about our thought process. I believe we see ourselves in others, so what we say to others belong to us more than it belongs to them. If you compliment someone, it tells that you have the ability see beauty in others. There is a very inspiring zen story I am going to share with you; it is called ‘Just Two Words.’ This story is from James Khan; you can read more stories here
Once upon a time, there was a very strict monastery. No one was allowed to speak at all because of the vow of silence and there was one exception to this rule. Every ten years, the monks were permitted to speak only two words. After completing his first ten years at the monastery, one monk went to the head monk. “It has been ten years,” said the head monk. “What are the two words you would like to speak?”
Head Monk asked him, “It has been ten years, what are the two words you would like to talk?”
The monk said, ” “Bed, hard,”
“I see,” replied the head monk.
After another ten years, the monk returned to the head monk’s office. “What are the two words you would like to speak?” asked the head monk.
“Food, stinks, ” said the monk.
“Ok” replied the head monk.
Another ten years passed and the monk once again met with the head monk who asked, “Tell me, what are your two words now after these ten years?”
“I… quit!” said the monk.
“Well, I can tell why” replied the head monk. “All you ever do is complain, there is no way you could have survived here.”
I hope you enjoyed quick reading for this week. Choose your words carefully, listen yourself before you utter words. Because once spoken, they say a lot about your mind and spirit. Think Positive and Speak Positive. Use your ability to think and speak to spread love and kindness.
Love and Sunshine from Feeling Buddhaful.