“Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.” – Ella Wheeler Wilcox
So often, I am too serious about life. I worry, I think too much and sometimes forget to stop and see the humour and lightness around me. My children often remind me to lighten up and be more childlike! and when I do, life takes on a fresh new meaning.
The story below made me laugh, and reminded me how sometimes, we can get caught trying to be too serious about our spiritual life and life in general.
LAUGH OUT LOUD…
Four monks decided to meditate silently without speaking for two weeks. By nightfall on the first day, the candle began to flicker and then went out.
The first monk said, “Oh, no! The candle is out.”
The second monk said, “Aren’t we not supposed to talk?”
The third monk said, “Why must you two break the silence?”
The fourth monk laughed and said, “Ha! I’m the only one who didn’t speak!”
Source: Zen Stories to Tell Your Neighbors