Ghana forum: Culture - Salt, Glass of Water and the Lake ( Inspirational Story )
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20 Aug 2015 18:03

Once an unhappy young man came to an old
master and told him he had a very sad life 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.
“Terrible.” – 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.”

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