Sunday, February 20, 2011

Deep Thought from Jeanne

     OK now I know you are thinking, yeah, what's the joke? Jeanne does not do deep thoughts. And you would be right. But occasionally, as I am organizing my desk area and finding nuggets of information that are valuable to me and to my reading community, I uncover something worthwhile. So I wanted to share this with you. I can't take credit for it, just for passing it on.

AUTOBIOGRAPHY IN FIVE CHAPTERS
from the Tibetan Book of Living and Dying
Sogyal Rinpoche

1.  I walk down the street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I fall in.

I am lost...I am hopeless.
It isn't my fault.
It takes forever to find a way out.

2. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I pretend I don't see it.
I fall in again.
I can't believe I'm in the same place.
But it isn't my fault.
It still takes a long time to get out.

3. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I see it there.
I still fall in...it's a habit.
My eyes are open
I know where I am
It is my fault.
I get out immediately.

4. I walk down the same street.
There is a deep hole in the sidewalk.
I walk around it.

5. I walk down another street.

Commentary by me: I love this. Has so many applications. My only suggestion is to add a step 6 for Baby Boomers.

6. What were we talking about?



7 comments:

Sharon said...

Beautiful! So true for most of us and for me (mostly in my past) but I still ocassionally fall in the hole.

What are we talking about? Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

Charlotte Rains Dixon said...

Hi Jean, This is great! And I love your addition. :-) Thanks for coming by my site and happy to meet another Crusader.

Jody Worsham said...

Deep! Deep! The Medicare Mom

Jody Worsham said...

Deep! Deep! or is that Beep Beep? The Medicare Mom

Elizabeth Twist said...

I love it! Where did this come from?

Jeanne said...

TO Elizabeth: I have no idea. I have had it for ages typed on a piece of paper. I thought it was a great inspiration so I bring it out every now and again to show.I guess if you looked up the name of the book at the top you might find it. I have never seen any more than just this particular piece.

Elizabeth Twist said...

There's something terrific and amusing about it. Thank you for sharing.