“Why do you stay in prison when the door is so wide open?” Rumi
There is a short story that Sadhguru shares in his book, ‘Karma,’ a yogi’s guide to crafting your destiny.
On a certain day, a man named Shankaran Pillai went to the bar. He parked his donkey outside, (which happened to be his mode of transport).
After downing a few drinks, he came out and discovered that someone had painted his donkey red. Pillai was a very frail man, but now, with a couple of drinks inside him, he felt big and strong.
He flew into a rage, strode back to the bar, kicked the doors open, and stood glaring at everyone seated there.
‘Who painted my donkey red?’ he snarled.
A huge man, well over six feet tall, loomed up in a corner. ‘I did,’ he said.
Pillai’s manner changed instantly. He stepped back, cleared his throat, and said politely, ‘Sir, my donkey is now ready for its second coat.’
This short story although humorous, gives way to the understanding that no matter what we are experiencing in life, we choose how we respond. Whether we choose to respond in a way to save our life, or choose to respond for the greater good, or choose to respond to protect our ego and vulnerability.
Either way, it will never be what is happening to us that will cause suffering, but rather, the way we are responding to what is happening to us.
18 thoughts on “Our Choice”
Thanks Eliza 🥰🤗
Thankfully it all teaches kind lady, regardless of the color or the laughter from it 🤣
Thank you for sharing your choice 😀❤️🙏🏽
Yes so true, we can choose to learn from every experience we have. Thanks Mark 🙏🏻☺️
We often forget that we have choice, when the ego takes over. What a great story to illustrate that. Thank you, Karen. 💜🙏🏻
I agree Carrie. That’s the power and the freedom we hold in every situation. Our ability to choose. Thank you 🙏🏻 😊
Stories are a great way to reignite our awareness … and bring a smile. Thank you Karen 💐🙏🏻💕
I agree Val. Thank you 🧡🙏🏻🥰
Love this post, Karen. It’s so true that it’s how we choose to respond to circumstances rather than the circumstances themselves. Very timely with what I’ve been experiencing and learning lately in my life.
Yes it was timely for me too Michele. Thank you and have a great week. 🧡😊
Interesting story. We can’t control what’s going happen around us but we can control our actions and how we respond to things in our life. Love the quote too. Would mind to visit my blog? Thank you 🙂
Thanks Aisyah. Will definitely visit your blog ☺️
Prudence is a sure way of avoiding a black eye.
I totally agree Alan ha 😃
Haha this was fun :))
Yes a good message. Thanks for being here 🤗
Short story but has life lasting lessons. Thanks for sharing this.
Thanks for being here 🙏🏻😌