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I’d like to relate a
little story that actually happened. When I was in the Pacific on tour, somebody
from Sri Lanka, one of the places severely hit by the tsunami, sent me a bowl.
With it was a note explaining that this bowl had been in their family, and a few
days before the tsunami, they had decided to clean it. They got into it,
polished it, made it really shiny.
Then the tsunami hit, and
everything they had was destroyed, washed out to sea. The next day, they went to
see if they could find anything, and amongst all the garbage that had floated up
was this bowl, shining in the sun. The ocean somehow had given back that bowl,
and there it was in the sand, in the middle of all the garbage—shining.
Why is that story
important? This is your life, your existence. Shine it impeccably, because you
never know when that tsunami is going to hit. The question is not if it
is going to hit—it is going to hit. And when it hits, so much that we
are proud of, so much that we have stamped as ours, so much that we think
belongs to us, gets lost. It is like a house made out of cards built upon each
other. It is very delicate. One little wind will bring it down.
I see the contrast that, in
the middle of devastation and garbage, a bowl is shining—not hiding
itself—shining. And it’s shining bright because somebody took the time to
clean and polish it. Each one of us is a bowl. Is this bowl shining or not? Is
it tarnished by all the good and bad, by all the ideas, by the list of all the
things not there in our life? If it is, take the cloth and shine this bowl so
that it can reflect the clarity, because that’s what it is: clarity.
What is it that we have set
out to accomplish? We are more interested in our agendas than the very thing
that will facilitate all the lists we have made—life. Without life, there is
no agenda. The things that we think are the glue in our life are not; they only
appear to be. Regardless of what you do—whether you’re trying to be good at
business, be a good mom or dad, or be a good friend—what is at the root that
is driving you, that wants you to evolve?
What is the most important
thing for you as a human being? The most important thing is the coming
and going of this breath. That is it. Without that breath, for you there
is nothing. “That’s it?” That is it, because in that breath lies
my truth, my wisdom. That is my clock, that is my rhythm, that is my song, that
is my drum beating that I need to dance to.
This is all that I have
been given. Everything else is like holding onto helium balloons. As soon as you
let go, off they go. Away and away and away. Let me admire what I have been
given. Let me clean my bowl so that it will shine and even the tsunami could not
take it away.
Let your life be like that.
Let it sparkle. That’s the possibility. Peace is the possibility. Joy is the
possibility. Fulfillment is the possibility. Accept that in your life.
Understand that. This is what we are here for.
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