Friday, January 2, 2009

Zhuang Zi Tree

Once upon a time in China, there was a huge tree. In spring, summer, autumn, the tree gave full green leaves. The trunk was like dragon body. The people in nearby village were wondering how many houses can be built with this tree. There were carpenters who tried to cut down the tree to get wooden materials from the tree to be used for building a house.

The tree was too hard to cut. They gave up to cut it down. They said the tree is huge, but not be used for anything. They called it useless.

One hot summer day, a famous philosopher, Zhuang Zi found the tree. It was hot and Zhuang Zi was tired from walking long distance. He lied down on the foot of the tree and took a nap. The shade of the tree was perfect to protect him from strong sun light of summer. In the shade, a gentle breeze was very comfortable. He slept for a couple of hours and felt refreshed. After he left, the villagers realized the real use of the tree. Nobody call it "useless" afterward.

This story tells us the value of things can be changed depending on how you view it, how you use it. Huge useless tree to build a house was perfect for providing shade to take a nap. Is bad economy crisis or chance for us?

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4 comments:

Giovanna garcia said...

Great stroy :-) It is all in the perspective! If we are set out to look for one thing, we'll be able to see that one thing. But if we come with a open mind and open our eyes, we will see values in things that we were not even looking for. That is a gift!

Thank You,
Giovanna Garcia

Shaw said...

Thank you, Giovanna, for your comment. So, the beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. LOL. I hope Y2009 can be challenging but good year for all of us.

BeSmart said...

Hi Shaw .. yes I agree .. lovely story .. about being flexible in our minds & adapting to the opportunities around us.

Happy New Year - Hilary Melton-Butcher

Shaw said...

Hi Hilary:

Thank you for your comment. We are sometimes amazed by how different things can be depending on status of our mind. Somebody's crisis is an opportunity and challenge for somebody else's. This story is from "Taoism", ancient china.