Yan's Corner - In Touch

Friday, May 13, 2005

"Whatever is the matter with you?"

A story is told of a speaker who started off his seminar by holding up a $20 note. In the room of 200, he asked: "Who would like this $20 note?"

Hands raised. 200 of them.

He said: "I am going to give this $20 to one of you but first, let me do this."

He proceeded to crumple the dollar bill up.

He then asked: "Who still wants it?"

Still the 200 hands were up in the air.

"Well," he replied, "what if I do this?"

And he dropped it on the ground and started to grind it into the floor with his shoe. He picked it up, now crumpled and dirty.

"Now who still wants it?" Still the 200 hands went into the air.

"My friends, you have all learned a very valuable lesson. No matter what I did to the money, you still wanted it because it did not decrease in value. It was still worth $20."

Yan's thoughts - Many times we are hushed, stifled and suppressed and made to conform to the world around. We feel that we are worthless. We are dropped, grinded, crumpled and dirtied. We are lost, we ran around ...

I am in the mood of telling stories today. Here is another one -

Lewis Caroll, the author of Alice in Wonderland, has a little story about a padlock with long spiderly legs that ran around. The padlock ran around with a very upset and distracted look about itself.

Someone said to the padlock one day, "Whatever is the matter with you?"

And the little padlock said, "I am looking for someone to unlock me."

That's surely the cry of many.

But, the padlock is never unlocked. So, we run around nervous all the time...

Where is the key to the padlock? Or what is the combination number to the padlock?

The key is the "sight of your eyes", the combination number is "the ways of your heart". (taken from the book of Ecclesiastes 11:9 - Walk in the ways of your heart and sight of your eyes..)

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