Thursday, 8 November 2007

Things aren't always what they seem

My mentor asked me this "Do you know what you are asking for?" (He is referring to what I want him to teach me and what I want to get in my life)

Suddenly, I think of this story I read long ago. This story is about something that we may miss out if we only see from the surface of things.

So, it makes me wonder what I am really asking for ? On the surface, it may be money, or great career, power or freedom. But I think I want more than that. In fact, these are secondary. I guess what I really want is to find meaning in life, and helping others as well . Not in a spiritual or religion-related sense though.

And how do I know if I get what I ask for? I guess, like this story, I need to constantly observe and evaluate so that I can see what I have gotten beneath the surface. Because things are not always what they seem. Bad things can turn out to be great things. And I should not take things for granted. I should appreciate things in life.

Here is the story. Enjoy.

Two traveling angels stopped to spend the night in the home of a wealthy family. The family was rude and refused to let the angels stay in the mansion's guest room. Instead the angels were given a small space in the cold basement. As they made their bed on the hard floor, the older angel saw a hole in the wall and repaired it. When the younger angel asked why, the older angel replied, "Things aren't always what they seem."

The next night the pair came to rest at the house of a very poor, but very hospitable farmer and his wife. After sharing what little food they had, the couple let the angels sleep in their bed where they could have a good night's rest. When the sun came up the next morning the angels found the farmer and his wife in tears. Their only cow, whose milk had been their sole income, lay dead in the field. The younger angel was infuriated and asked the older angel "How could you have let this happen? The first man had everything, yet you helped him," she accused. "The second family had little but was willing to share everything, and you let the cow die."

"Things aren't always what they seem," the older angel replied. "When we stayed in the basement of the mansion, I noticed there was gold stored in that hole in the wall. Since the owner was so obsessed with greed and unwilling to share his good fortune, I sealed the wall so he wouldn't find it. Then last night as we slept in the farmers bed, the angel of death came for his wife. I gave him the cow instead. Things aren't always what they seem." Sometimes that is exactly what happens when things don't turn out the way they should. If you have faith, you just need to trust that every out come is always to your advantage. You might not know it until some time later...

2 comments:

Weekhang Teoh said...

Hi Susan, I read your blog with admiration and interest.
I'm a product manager starting a blog (kinda off pace especially for one who's supposed to be managing web based products). It isn't clear to me exactly what you do but there are plenty of commonalities I see.

Anyway - http://productmatters.blogspot.com/ it is. I've added a link to your blog - permission granted?

Gambatte.

Susan said...

Hi Wee Khang, thanks for your comment. I am happy to know you through my blog.

I visited your blog also and read your first post. And found that you are working in a great company. No wonder, the product has lead the market, by far. That's because there is a great team behind it. :)

Let's keep up with blogging.

And, yes, I am really thrilled to have you put the link to my blog.