"There are two cardinal sins from which all the others spring:
impatience and laziness."
"You must take personal responsibility. You cannot change the
circumstances, the seasons, or the wind, but you can change yourself."
"I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn't learn something from him." —Galileo Galilei.
But risks must be taken because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing.
The person who risks nothing does nothing, has nothing, is nothing.
He may avoid suffering and sorrows, but he cannot learn, feel, change, grow, or love.
Chained by his certitudes, he is a slave - he has forfeited his freedom.
Only a person who takes risks is FREE.
A famous singer had been contracted to sing, and ticket sales were booming. In fact, the night of the concert found the house packed and every ticket sold. The feeling of anticipation and excitement was in the air as the house manager took the stage and said, 'Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for your enthusiastic support. I am afraid that due to illness, the lady whom you've all come to hear will not be performing tonight. However, we have found a suitable substitute we hope will provide you with comparable entertainment.' .
The crowd groaned in disappointment and failed to hear the announcer mention the stand-in's name. The environment turned from excitement to frustration. The stand-in performer gave the performance everything she had. When she had finished, there was nothing but an uncomfortable silence.
No one applauded.
Suddenly, from the balcony, a little boy stood up and shouted, 'Mummy, I think you are wonderful!' .
The crowd broke into thunderous applause.
all need people in our lives who are willing to stand up once in a
while and say, 'I think you are wonderful.'
Mokugen was never known to smile until his last day on earth. When his time came to pass away he said to his faithful ones: "You have studied under me for more than ten years. Show me your real interpretation of Ze. Whoever expresses this most clearly shall by my successor and receive my robe and bowl."
Everyone watched Mokugen's severe face, but no one answered.
Encho, a disciple who had been with his teacher for a long time, moved near the bedside. He pushed forward the medicine cup a few inches. This was his answer to the command.
The teacher's face became even more severe. "Is that all you understand?" he asked.
Encho reached out and moved the cup back again.
A beautiful smile broke over the features of Mokugen. "You rascal," he told Encho. "You worked with me ten years and have not yet seen my whole body. Take the robe and bowl. They belong to you."