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VxPoem ID: 41082

Category:
mother_earth

Posted: September 16th. 2011 10:11:36 AM

Views: 501

Show-Off & Harmony

by Stewart Bitkoff

Age Group: Adult



Show-Off

Grasshopper felt proud of helping turtle in his hour of need. Full of glee and self-importance, grasshopper twirled around before the others singing:

‘Look at me, look at me,
I’m as happy as can be.
I’ve helped a friend
In his hour of distress.
As far as friends go,
I’m the best . . .’

Then, grasshopper slipped on a wet leaf and fell to the ground. Instead of getting right-up and continuing his dance, grasshopper clutched at his leg, more embarrassed than injured, and moaned:

‘Why does something bad always happen to me? Things were going along so well. Now my happiness is ruined.’

The Lesson

• Most often we look to the Karma or the mysterious Hand of Fate, in a troubling situation; yet, usually it is our effort which sets in motion a series of events. Good events are always followed by bad ones; that is the universal law of opposites. Also, in our affairs, many times we look for and ascribe divine intervention; when it really is natural laws at work.

• Grasshopper should have been a little more observant and aware of his environment. Noting the leaves were wet, he could have tempered his celebrating and not jumped as high or moved to a drier location to dance.

Harmony

Turtle was sitting by the Pond and watching the movement of the water against the breeze.

“Yes, the Pond is a beautiful place and in harmony. We are the ones who refuse and fail to see this unity. When a dragonfly is consumed by the perch; other dragonflies see this event as horrible and unnatural. His relatives say, ‘this fly had so much to live for and he was just beginning to make real strides in the world of flies. Wasn’t it horrible how he died?’

Aah, the correct attitude for the other flies would be one of acceptance, tempered by the desire not to be consumed the perch. Of course, the fly’s relatives must grieve, yet, grief and anger must eventually give way to acceptance. Over time, acceptance must be replaced by love. For love, slowly, leads to unity. And the Pond is always in harmony. We are the ones who break the chain by our actions and not realizing it.”

The Lesson

• No matter our opinion and personal view; the Pond is always in harmony. The forces which act upon the Pond are part of a larger eco-system and universe; these natural forces have been in-play for millions of years. These forces include life and death, creation and destruction.
• Often, we are the ones who fail to see this connection and balance; judging events by our limited view; many times disrupting the balance by our selfish, destructive action upon the natural environment.

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Also by Dr. Bitkoff, A Commuter’s Guide to Enlightenment, Llewellyn, 2008 and Journey of Light: Trilogy, Authorhouse, 2004. These books are available on Amazon.Com or from publisher.

To contact author go to: www.stewartbitkoff.com or e-mail: goldpath@ptd.net.

*Both stories first appear in The Meaning of Things Large & Small: Trilogy, 1987.




Author's Location: Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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