Monday, April 2, 2012
Tale of a Preacher
A man walked into the woods to get relief from the relentless sun. As he walked he noticed the life around him and had a moment of enlightenment as the spirit of the woods imparted to him a message of the way life is meant to be. As he continued walking, he came upon a path leading up a mountain and decided to climb to the top. Looking out over the valley after his long journey to the top, he noticed that the sun was nearly setting and the world was nearly quiet. He himself could not be quiet however, as the message imparted on him by the woods had been turning in his head for the entire climb, and he knew that he had discovered a sacred secret about life. On the mountain top he realized he was alone, with no one but himself and the mountain with which to speak. He decided however that his newfound message was too valuable to keep to himself and proceeded to speak the meaning of life he learned from the woods as he understood it. As he finished speaking this divine secret, he made a deep etching capturing the essence of his words on a giant stone next to where he was sitting, and the sun fell behind the horizon just as he finished, leading to a quiet stillness in the valley and in himself. He realized the world had just been changed by his words, by his message, even if only in the smallest sense. He slept a long deep dreamless sleep and when he awoke, the valley had also been awakened, buzzing and humming its own message in return. The man quickly descended the mountain, and exited the wood, to breathe the fresh sun-drenched air. He had only his message to give henceforth, and understood the little miracle that he spoke changed the world everywhere he went. He understood the importance of his impact as his message was imparted to others so that they, after a long journey of their own, could speak it as they understood it.