The Three Drops

“If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”

— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Once upon a time there were three drops of water sitting on the beach overlooking the ocean.

The first drop felt so small and unworthy in comparison to the mighty ocean. It began to worship the ocean. It prayed to the ocean to make its life as a drop of water on the beach, better. It believed that if it followed the way of the ocean that after its life was over it could be taken in by the ocean and live forever together with the glorious sea!

The second drop felt the ocean was too far away and abstract to effect its life. “The ocean is a fantasy on the horizon but I am here on the beach” it reasoned, “I will look within and find out my true nature.” By sitting still and looking within, it found peace. The ocean still roared in the distance.

The third drop gazed at the ocean whose mighty rhythm, grace, and power caused something within its heart to stir. “I will never know who I truly am nor the majestic nature of the sea, unless I experience it for myself!” It rolled into the ocean. Immediately it was filled the mighty rhythm, grace and power it once only observed. It had an epiphany which led to a paradigm shift. “All that the ocean is, is in me, and yet I am also within it!” It felt great joy to be a part of the sea. Every day it rejoiced in gratitude to the ocean and to every other drop with whom it shared its eternal nature and destiny!

“Yes, there are three paths you can go by, but in the long run, there is still time to change the shore you’re on.”

-Si Gong

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