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  1. Dr. Joan Marques

    Loved the story of the ant, Linda, and thanks for using the quote as an initiator to this great posting! As I read it, I was thinking of a nice story I once read about a monk and two travelers, which can easily be included in this context.

    A traveler on his way from one village to another asked a monk who was working the fields what it was like in the nearby village. “How was it in the village where you came from?” asked the monk. “Dreadful,” replied the traveler. “The people were cold, and I never felt at home there. So, what can I expect in this village?” “I am sorry,” said the monk, “but I think your experience will be much the same there.” The traveler hung his head and walked on. Then another traveler came by and asked the monk the same thing. “How was it where you came from?” asked the monk. “It was a wonderful experience. I would have stayed but am committed to traveling on. I felt like a member of the family in the village.” “I think you will find it much the same,” replied the monk. The traveler smiled and journeyed on.

    As you mentioned above, Linda, it’s all about choosing your attitude. Two people can have entirely different perspectives about the same experience, depending on their attitude toward it. When we accept a situation, even if it’s not as ideal as we would want it to be, we can cope with it much easier than when we wearily endure it or dread it.

    I have, by the way, included this and many other useful moral stories in my book “Joy at Work, Work at Joy”.

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