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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Cliff Hanger Parable

Cheryl Kearney and Chris Wodke at 2014 Triathlon National Championship

"We have known for over 2000 years, from the writing of Plato and Galen that there is a direct correlation between the mind, boy and one's health."- Dr. Ernest Rosenbaum

I have been doing quite a bit of reading lately on the effect of gratitude and happiness. I'm  doing a presentation on the business and personal benefits of happiness and gratitude.  When I was doing the research I came across this parable called "The Cliffhanger".  I think it is something we can all benefit from.

One day while walking through the wilderness, a man stumbled across a vicious tiger. To save himself, he climbed down a vine over a fatal precipice.  As he hung over the precipice, he noticed two mice appeared from a hole in the cliff and began chewing on the vine holding him.

Suddenly he noticed a very plumb wild strawberry on the vine. He plucked it and popped it into his mouth. It was incredibly delicious.

Moral

Seize the opportunity. Always focus on the positive. The enjoyment of the wild strawberry emphasizes we should focus more on the positives (the beauty and simple joys of life) than the minuses (the danger and troubles of life) during each moment of our lives.

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