A Parable to Live By

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A Man, a Walk, and a Bucket

A man went for a walk in the early morning to gather water. Step-by-step his bare feet took him on a journey through the dewy grass and rich dirt that smelled of earthworms and life. He walked forward.

Only thinking of the water, he traveled across a bridge above a gravel road. He walked across a field covered in wild flowers and cocktails. He received a greeting from a turkey, a blue bird, and a pheasant. He walked forward.

The sunrise filled the sky with hues of yellow, orange and red. The air was still. He walked forward.

An hour later he approached the stream. While filling his large wooden bucket full of water the handle broke beyond repair. In that moment, a young man was approaching the stream. He looked at the man with the broken bucket handle. Smiled. Filled his bucket full. And silently gave his bucket filled with water to the man in exchange for the bucket without the handle. With a look of gratitude, the man asked, “How far is your walk?” The young man pointed toward the horizon, picked up the bucket without the handle, balanced it on his shoulder and responded, “Three days time.”

And with that, both men walked forward each a better man.

— Gina Soleil, American Author  

There are many lessons in the parable. Selflessness. Gratitude. Being present. Receiving. Awareness that someone else is always suffering a greater hardship than the one you’re experiencing. Patience. Compassion. The list goes on and on.

As you’re starting off your busy week take a moment to reflect on the message this parable has for you. And then walk forward a better man, woman, mother, father, sister, brother, friend, colleague or leader. In both word and action, today choose to walk forward in a better way.

Gina Soleil, is a speaker and acclaimed author of Fuel Your Business: How to energize people, ignite action and drive profit. She blogs and speaks about how to create a business where people are energized, feel good and are happy. Visit Gina Soleil and follow her on Twitter.

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