Just Two Words – A Story to Stir Your Mind

Once in awhile, we come across saying ‘Think before you speak”. Words play an essential role in our relationship with 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, and there is no way you could have survived here.”

I hope you enjoyed the quick reading for this week. Think Positive and Speak Positive. Use your ability to think and talk to spread love and kindness.

Love and Sunshine from Feeling Buddhaful.