Jan 2016

You Are Unique

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Once upon a time, a Chinese student was sitting with his master under an old crooked tree in the forest.
The student broke the silence and said to his master, “Master, this tree is very old and ugly. It is of no use. It can’t be used for lumbering or to build a house or for any other purpose. It is useless – why don’t we chop it down and plant a useful tree instead?

The wise Chinese master smiled and said to his student, “Son, look around the forest. Do you see a tree of better shadow to protect people from the hot, sunny days, than this old tree?” The student looked around, and with great surprise he said, “No, this tree does provide the best shadow.”

The Chinese master smiled and said, “That is why this tree is here. You see it as useless only because you want to make something different out of it. Son, everything in this universe is here for a reason, and it is through that reason that its brilliance is fully expressed.” Here is an undisputed fact: Like that wonderful shade tree, you are unique.

You lose your personal power when you start trying to become someone else.