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Finding happiness in life

23 Nov 2007 | Wisdom |  4 comments
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Disclaimer: I do not claim authorship for the following article. All articles posted under category “Email Forwards” are email forwards that I received from time to time.
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Note: The original article is in Mandarin, scroll down or click here for the English translated version.

(Click here to jump to the poll to vote if you are an optimistic or pessimistic person)

從生活中找樂趣

從前在山中的廟裡,有一個小和尚被要求去買食用油。

在離開前,廟裡的廚師交給他一個大碗,並嚴厲地警告:
「你一定要小心,我們最近財務狀況不是很理想,你絕對不可以把油灑出來。」

小和尚答應後就下山到城裡,到廚師指定的店裡買油。

在上山回廟的路上,他想到廚師兇惡的表情及嚴重的告誡,愈想愈覺得緊張。

小和尚小心翼翼地端著裝滿油的大碗,一步一步地走在山路上,絲毫不敢左顧右盼。

很不幸的是,他在快到廟門口裡時,由於沒有向前看路,結果踩到了一個洞。

雖然沒有摔跤,可是卻灑掉三分之一的油。

小和尚非常懊惱,而且緊張到手都開始發抖,無法把碗端穩。

終於回到廟裡時,碗中的油就只剩一半了。

廚師拿到裝油的碗時,當然非常生氣,他指著小和尚大罵:「你這個笨蛋!我不是說
要小心嗎?為什麼還是浪費這麼多油,真是氣死我了!」

小和尚聽了很難過,開始掉眼淚。

另外一位老和尚聽到了,就跑來問是怎麼一回事。

了解以後,他就去安撫廚師的情緒,並私下對小和尚說:「我再派你去買一次油。這
次我要你在回來的途中,多觀察你看到的人事物,並且需要跟我做一個報告。」

小和尚想要推卸這個任務,強調自己油都端不好,根本不可能既要端油,還要看風景
、作報告。

不過在老和尚的堅持下,他只有勉強上路了。

在回來的途中,小和尚發現其實山路上的風景真是美。

遠方看得到雄偉的山峰,又有農夫在梯田上耕種。

走不久,又看到一群小孩子在路邊的空地上玩得很開心,而且還有兩位老先生在下
棋。

這樣走看風景的情形下,不知不覺就回到廟裡了。

當小和尚把油交給廚師時,發現碗裡的油,裝的滿滿的,一點都沒有損失。

其實,我們想比較快樂的過日子,也可以採納位老和尚的建議。

與其天天在乎自己的成績和物質利益,不如每天努力在上學、工作,或生活中,享受
每一次經驗的過程,並從中學習成長。

一位真正懂得從生活經驗中找到人生樂趣的人,才不會覺得自己的日子充滿壓力及憂
慮。

我想,這也是活得更積極,更樂觀的人生法寶吧。

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Here is the English translated version:
Original Author: Unknown
Translated by: Deimos Tel`Arin

Finding happiness in life

Once a upon a time in a temple atop a mountain, a little monk was requested to purchase cooking oil.

Before he left, the temple chef gave him a big bowl, and a stern warning:

“You must be careful, our recent financial status is not very good, you must absolutely not spill any oil out.”

After little monk agreed he went down the mountain to the town, to the designated shop by the chef to purchase oil.

On the mountain road way back to the temple, he remembered the chef’s fierce expression and stern warning, the more he thought about it the more tense he became.

Little monk carefully held the bowl now full of oil, taking one step at a time as he walked along the mountain road, not daring to look around his surrounding area.

Unfortunately, as he was approaching the temple entrance, due to not looking in front of him while walking, he stepped into a hole.

Though he did not trip, he split one third of the oil.

Little monk who was now very frustrated, and became so tensed until his hands began to shake, unable to hold the bowl steadily.

When he finally reached the temple, only half of the oil in the bowl remains.

As the chef got hold of the bowl with oil, of course he was very angry, he pointed at the little monk and shouted: “You idiot! Didn’t I tell you to be careful? Still you wasted so many oil! I am so pissed!”

Little monk was very upset when he heard this, and began to shed tears.

Another old monk who overheard the commotion, ran over to ask what was the matter.

After understanding the situation, he consoled the chef, then said to the little monk privately: “I am sending you to purchase oil one more time. This time while on your way back, I want you to spend more time observing the people and surroundings, and I want you to submit a report to me.”

Little monk wanted to reject this task, emphasized that he is unable to hold a bowl of oil properly, and it is impossible for him to hold a bowl of oil, observe the scenery and write a report.

But as the old monk insisted, he forced himself to the road.

On the way back, little monk discovered that the scenery on the mountain road is actually very beautiful.

In the far distance there are the magnificent mountain peaks, and the farmers working on the fields.

A short walk later, he came across a group of children by the roadside open field playing around happily, there are also a pair of elderly person playing chess.

As he walked and admired the scenery, without knowing it he has reached the temple.

As little monk gave the oil to the Chef, he discovered that the oil in the bowl is full, not an ounce less.

Actually, if we would like to lead a happier life, we can also apply what the old monk suggested.

Instead of worrying about our personal results and material profits daily, why not work harder daily in school, work or even life itself, enjoy the process of every experience we encounter, and learn from it as we develop and progress.

One who truly understands how to find happiness in life, would not felt that one’s daily life is full of tension, pressure and worries.

I think, this is also living life pro-actively, a more optimistic view at life.
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4 Comments

  1. 23rd November 2007 
    12:23 pm         

    kljs
    said the following:

    The sky is fallingggg???? OH NOES!!! RUN!!!!!!

  2. 24th November 2007 
    8:06 am         

    Deimos Tel`Arin
    said the following:

    😆

    Off topic:
    All this talk of “sky is falling reminds me of the Walt Disney movie – Chicken Little.

    Hilarious movie, at first I disliked it, but after watching it, I enjoyed it!

    Cheers!

  3. 27th November 2007 
    9:49 am         

    Vic
    said the following:

    my conversation with deimos on msn:

    VT says (9:46 AM):
    whose fault to cause the little monk to split out the oil…
    Deimos Tel`Arin says (9:47 AM):
    oooh .
    his own fault i think .
    he should watch where he tread ar. rrrr
    VT says (9:47 AM):
    no… is the chef…
    VT says (9:48 AM):
    if the chef didn’t lie to him saying the temple got financial problem… the little monk won’t be so nervous till he split the oil 😛

  4. 28th November 2007 
    7:57 am         

    Deimos Tel`Arin
    said the following:

    @Vic:

    Bad chef! The source of the oil being split! 😮

    Cheers! 😆