It is foolish to shape the world, let us shape ourselves first.

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There was a millionaire who was bothered by severe eye
pain. He consulted so many physicians and was getting his
treatment done. He did not stop consulting galaxy of
medical experts; he consumed heavy loads of drugs and
underwent hundreds of injections.

But the ache persisted with great vigor than before. At
last a monk who has supposed to be an expert in treating
such patients was called for by the millionaire. The monk
understood his problem and said that for sometime he should
concentrate only on green colors and not to fall his eyes
on any other colors.

The millionaire got together a group of painters and
purchased barrels of green color and directed that every
object his eye was likely to fall to be painted in green
color just as the monk had directed.

When the monk came to visit him after few days, the
millionaire' s servants ran with buckets of green paints
and poured on him
since he was in red dress, lest their master not see any
other color and his eye ache would come back.

Hearing this monk laughed said "If only you had purchased a
pair of green spectacles, worth just a few rupees, you could
have saved these walls and trees and pots and all other
articles and also could have saved a large share of his
fortune.

You cannot paint the world green." Let us change our vision
and the world will appear accordingly. It is foolish to
shape the world, let us shape ourselves first.
#foolish #shape #world
  • Profile picture of the author RobRamos
    Very, very profound my friend. Perception is the basis of life. THINK and grow rich, I THINK therefore I am. what a person thinks and perceives shapes their world. And it's all by choice, consciously or unconsciously. What will you choose to perceive today? See a world of abundance and your actions will make it so.

    Powerful story friend thanks for sharing.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmpieri
    Thanks for the story. It's more than just a story. There is wisdom in it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Scott Muzzey
    "Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves." - Leo Tolstoy

    "You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mahatma Gandhi

    You have a great metaphor. In my opinion, people wanting others to change is the reason there is so much intolerance, hypocrisy and hate in this world. One can't change others, only themselves. Which reminds me of another quote:

    "Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." - Reinhold Niebuhr
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  • Profile picture of the author Daret
    Wow. That really talked to me, specially that last few words:

    "You cannot paint the world green." Let us change our vision
    and the world will appear accordingly. It is foolish to
    shape the world, let us shape ourselves first."

    Amazing. Thanks.
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  • Profile picture of the author Billy Anne Crews
    Yeah man totally. This totally rocked. Working on ourselves and how we see things first!! Looking at things in a new light??? I like the story.
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  • Profile picture of the author successmindedgal
    This post is really cool, thanks for posting I love reading it again and again.
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