Archive for July 13th, 2009

Don’t Blame the Spoon!

July 13, 2009

Josei Toda

I like this analogy by Josei Toda, an educator, entrepreneur and Buddhist.

When we are upset, it’s easy to blame others. The true cause of our feelings, however, is within us. For example, imagine yourself as a glass of water. Now, imagine past negative experiences as sediment at the bottom of your glass. Next, think of others as spoons. When stirred, the sediments clouds your water. It may appear that the spoon caused your water to cloud—but if there were no sediment, the water would remain clear. The key, then, is to identify our sediment and actively work to remove it.

Take Josei’s advice—don’t be a sedimental fool! Always (more…)