The Value of Suffering – NYTimes.com

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/08/opinion/sunday/the-value-of-suffering.html

The only thing worse than assuming you could get the better of suffering, I began to think (though I’m no Buddhist), is imagining you could do nothing in its wake. And the tear I’d witnessed made me think that you could be strong enough to witness suffering, and yet human enough not to pretend to be master of it. Sometimes it’s those things we least understand that deserve our deepest trust. Isn’t that what love and wonder tell us, too?

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There will always be sharks

Clever story, good lesson – translated from Spanish by Google Web Translate (with a little help from me)

Original in Spanish:
http://www.laflecha.net/canales/curiosidades/articulos/siempre-habra-tiburones/

The Japanese have always loved fresh fish, but the waters close to Japan have not held many fish for decades. So to feed the Japanese population, fishing boats were made larger for going offshore.

The farther the fishermen went the longer the time it took to deliver the fish back. If the trip took several days, the fish was not fresh. To solve the problem, companies installed freezers on fishing vessels, do they could fish and put the fish in the freezers.

However, the Japanese could tell the difference between frozen and fresh fish, and did not like the frozen. Companies then installed fish tanks on boats. They could catch the fish and stuff them in the tanks and keep them alive until they reached the dock.

But after a while the fish stopped moving in the tank. They were bored and tired, but alive. Japanese consumers also noticed the difference in taste because when the fish stopped moving for days, they lost their fresh taste.

And how did they solve this problem?

To maintain the fresh taste of the fish, the fishing companies put the fish in the tanks in the boats, but now they also added a small shark! Sure, the shark eats a few fish, but the others come very, very alive. The fish are challenged! They have to swim to stay alive!

So, invite a shark to your tank, and discover how far you can really go.

 

Feeding the wolf

Two Wolves

One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, "My son, the battle is between two "wolves" inside us all.

One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.

The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: "Which wolf wins?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

You do not pass through this life, it passes through you.

So here’s the thing about changing the world. It turns out that’s not even the question, because you don’t have a choice. You are going to change the world, because that is actually what the world is. You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. You experience it, you interpret it, you act, and then it is different. That happens constantly. You are changing the world. You always have been

via Brainpickings: You do not pass through this life, it passes through you. .