A monk asked Jôshû, “I have just entered this monastery. I beg you, Master, please provide me with direction.”
Jôshû asked, “Have you eaten your rice gruel yet?”
The monk answered, “Yes, I have.”
Jôshû replied, “Then wash your bowls.”
I often find myself daydreaming of grand events and missing out on the simple joys of daily living. If I'm not careful I seem to see day-to-day activities as "below" me. I often want the prize without all of the work.
No matter how special we think we are, none of us are exempt from the importance of everyday life and the lessons therein. Even the most mundane activities provide lessons essential to the intricate matrix of the human experience.
If you seek beauty and meaning in only the grand and magnificent then you are missing out. Embrace the whole of life to get the whole experience.
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Posted by Dan Garner