Walk back out
I have heard a beautiful story…
Two men, kings both of them and at war with one and another, lost both of their armies in battle and were the only two survivors in the middle of the desert. Wandering for days in the hot desert, they had to throw away not only their weapons but also drop their robes and ornate jewels and gold chains as it was getting too hot to wear these. Wandering, walking aimlessly trying to find their way back, they got further lost in the ever shifting desert sands. It had been a few days and without food and water, death looked certain. A mutual misery had made friends out of foes and they helped each other as best as they could.
Just when they had given up hope, in the distance, they saw what seemed like a beautiful oasis, surrounded by a high wall. Gathering every last bit of their strength, they somehow managed to reach the high wall, their happiness knowing no bounds, for this oasis seemed real, and not a mirage.
The first king asked the other to help him over the wall so that he could be certain that this is not a dream, not a mirage. Once over the other side, he was elated! He called out to the other “This is not a dream, we are saved – the grass here is like a green carpet, the trees are laden with sweet fruit and there is water here like nectar – come on over brother, for we are saved!”
Hearing no answer from the outside, he climbed to the top of the wall, only to see the other king walking back out to the desert. Confused, he called out to him – “Where are you going? We are saved, this is a heaven in the middle of nothing, come on over!”
The other man, looked back over his shoulder and smiled thru his parched lips – “I know this is heaven in the middle of nowhere, and I am glad we found it – Now, I must go out back into the desert and find more people we can save, more people we can bring back to this oasis…” and he walked back out into the desert…
So, in the coming year 2016, you decide for yourself, whether you want to be the person in the oasis, or you want to walk out into the desert, fearlessly, and help support other people in their endeavors and life paths, and good luck!
- Vijay Warman
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