The following story was told by Gurumayi in her book, Kindle My Heart:
“There was a man who did not like his in-laws because he felt they took up more space in the house than they should. He went to a teacher who lived nearby, as he had heard a lot about him, and he said, ‘Please do something! I cannot bear my in-laws anymore. I love my wife, but my in-laws – never! They take up so much space in the house; somehow I feel they are always in my way.’
The teacher asked him, ‘Do you have some chickens?’
‘Yes, I do,’ he said.
‘Then put all your chickens inside the house.’
He did what the teacher said and then went back to him.
The teacher asked, ‘Problem solved?’
He said, ‘No! It’s worse.’
‘Do you have any sheep?’
‘Bring all the sheep inside.’ He did so and returned to the teacher. ‘Problem solved?’
‘No! It’s getting worse.’
‘Do you have a dog?’
‘Yes, I have several.’
‘Take all those dogs into the house.’
Finally, the man ran back to the teacher and said, ‘I came to you for help, but you are making my life worse than ever!’
The teacher said to him, ‘Now send all the chickens, sheep, and the dogs back outside.’
The man went home and emptied the house of all the animals. There was so much space! He went back to the teacher. ‘Thank you! Thank you!’ he said. ‘You have solved all my problems.'”
The man had focused so much attention on the space being used by his in-laws he could not appreciate the amount of unoccupied space within his home. It was only when the total space within his home was filled that he could appreciate the empty space within his home and see his in-laws were not taking up more space than they should.
God has given us an incredibly powerful tool, the ability to focus. What we focus on expands in our lives. When we use that powerful tool to focus on what what we love, those things expand for us. However, if we choose to focus on what we dislike, or what we don’t have or what we think is wrong, those things will also expand.
For now, Earlynn’s just sayin’, “Keep your focus on what you love and life will reward you.”
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