Saturday, June 12, 2010

The Inside and The Outside - Food for Thought

A Story

Here is an apocryphal story I heard once:

A certain man made an appointment to see a counsellor.

He arrived at the psychotherapist’s office and said to him, "Sir, please help me. I always feel depressed. No matter what I do I still feel depressed. I just don’t know what to do..."

The counsellor looked at the depressed man and said to him, "Come with me to the window..."

The patient followed the therapist to the window. 

The counsellor pointed outside and said, "Do you see that tent over there in the distance...?"

"Yes," the depressed man answered.

"Well, there is a circus in town and it is really good. There are lots of acts to watch, especially the clown acts. And there is one clown in particular who is extremely funny. He wears all sorts of costumes and masks and performs hilarious antics. He will make you rock with side-splitting laughter over and over again. Go and see that clown and I guarantee you that your depression will disappear..." the psychotherapist advised the depressed man.

The depressed man turned to the counsellor with sad eyes and said, "Sir, I am that Clown...!!!"

Moral of the Story: The Inside and the Outside may be vastly different and deep inside things may not be as they seem from the outside.

Moral No. 2: Don’t wear a may affect your health in the long run.

Do tell me if you liked this story



Unknown said...


i personally am going under a stage of masks and pretentions, so applies perfectly.

Vikram Waman Karve said...

Soon your masks will melt away and everything will be clear