How do you measure your unhappiness?

Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and told he was very sad and asked for a solution.

The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it. “How does it taste?” the Master asked. “Awful,” spat the apprentice. The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Master asked, “How does it taste?” “Good!” remarked the apprentice. “Do you taste the salt?” asked the Master. “No,” said the young man. The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said,

“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the ‘pain’ depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things ….. Stop being a glass. Become a lake. Always look at the bigger picture of things. 


19 responses to “How do you measure your unhappiness?

  1. One has to look beyond the boundaries of life and take in the knowledge, through wisdom negative expression can be transformed into optimistic strands of enlightenment…

    A very good postiing that is indeed
    rather thought provoking my friend

    Androgoth Xx

  2. Unbelievable! You know what? That was exactly the question I posed & floated on twitter a few days ago. What I got in return is a different story but here I guess, I have got my answer.

    Thanks again 🙂

  3. hey aneesa
    good post. though i still believe that we are endowed with varied sizes of containers. we have different sizes of egos, and patience and all other human things. may be we can change but cant outdo what we are endowed with. but thats what i believe 🙂

    • Hey Mahlaqa, thanks for dropping by… 🙂

      Yeah you are so right we all have our own depths and measures and that’s what makes us so unique.. but if we all just changed our thoughts ever so slightly on some things in life it can make all the difference…

      I have a friend who suffers from severe depression and i put this to her and although she wont change over night she is trying to look at her life differently and looking for something positive to fall back on… I can slowly see the difference in her.. it’s not huge but it’s there…

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