Tuesday, December 10, 2013


An Apocryphal Story - Just Two Words
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There was a Naval Officer whose entire miserable life in the Navy can be exemplified by this Zen story called TWO WORDS: 


There was once a monastery that was very strict and all monks were required to strictly follow a vow of silence

No one was allowed to speak at all.

But there was one exception to this rule. 

After every ten years the monks were permitted to speak two words.

After spending his first ten years at the monastery one young monk was called by the Head Monk.

The Head Monk asked the young monk: “It has been ten years since you arrived here. What are the two words you would like to speak…?” 

“BED HARD…” said the monk.  

“I see,” said the Head Monk without a trace of emotion and the he quietly walked away.  

Ten years later, the young monk was gain summoned to the Head Monk’s office.

The Head Monk asked him, “It has been ten more years. What are the two words you would like to speak…?”

“FOOD STINKS…” said the young monk. 

“I see,” the Head Monk said nonchalantly and he quietly walked away.  

Yet another ten years passed and the young monk was once again called to the Head Monk’s office.

The Head Monk asked the young monk, “What are your two words now, after these ten years…?”

“I QUIT…” said the young monk. 

“Well I can see why,” replied the Head Monk, “All you ever do is to carp and complain.” 


It is all about attitude.

If you have a negative attitude to life all you will do is Crib, Carp, Moan, Groan and Complain.

Try your best to adjust yourself to the prevailing situation and then with a positive attitude try to make the best of it.

Or if you feel the situation is so bad that it is impossible for you to adjust, opt out at the first opportunity instead of cribbing and continuing to suffer hoping things will change for the better when you know that they will not.

Cheer Up, Dear Reader, it is always better to have a positive attitude and optimistic temperament.

Do carry this story in your mind, remember it whenever you want to crib and have a good day ahead.

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