In the 10 years I’ve been blogging, I have never gone for more than three days without a post. That was before Cox cable. We won’t see internet or TV at least till this Thursday, a week after the move. And free internet is often slow or crowded, and blog posts need some thought. Well, at least mine do. I’m not a rip-n-write person.
We can’t pack books into bookcases until the completed internet wires are hidden behind them. To make matters more interesting, I’m teaching on the Navajo Nation this week, so I’m not helping at home.
This week, I’ve heard two great stories that are great metaphors for life. They are both short and packed with practical wisdom. I thought I’d share, even though neither one is from my head.
Heaven and Hell. A group of theologians and philosophers are discussing the horrors of hell and the joy of heaven, each discussing a different version of the afterlife. Suddenly a huge cloud appears and a vision within the cloud shows both heaven and hell. And heaven and hell are both the same: a huge banquet with the most delicious food imaginable. And all the people have the same problem–no one can bend their elbows.
What’s the difference? In hell, each person struggles trying to get food from the plate into the mouth; it doesn’t work and there is screaming and anguish. In heaven, the people who cannot bend their arms simply feed each other.
A great analogy to real life.
“I share the corn seeds with all my neighbors,” he says.
“But why do you do that? They are your competition for the best corn contest,”says the reporter.
“Corn depends on pollination,” explains the farmer. “When I share my corn seeds, the breeze that pollinates the corn picks up pollen from the high-quality corn I share. If the pollen were to come from mediocre corn, my corn would not benefit, it would get worse. By sharing my corn seeds with my neighbors, I guarantee the best pollination choices. Hoarding doesn’t do anything worthwhile. It doesn’t protect or improve. Sharing helps keep the best corn growing strong,” the farmer adds.
Anything we do to others, we really do to ourselves. It is that simple.
––Quinn McDonald loves stories with a connection to real life.