December 27, 2009
Some of the great ‘scams’ are the one’s where we pull the wool over our own eyes and, the one we say we love! Who’s to know when and what some, that seem to be obscure scams, are? Most confuse ‘love’ with some degree of semblance that often slips into obscurity with time and neglect. Has love ever reached it’s full strength? Was it always conditional? Can that change?
Once upon a time a very strong woodcutter asked for a job with a timber merchant, and he got it. His salary was really good and so were the working conditions. For that reason, the woodcutter was determined to do his best. His boss gave him an axe and showed him the area where he was supposed to fell the trees. The first day, the woodcutter brought down 15 trees.
“Congratulations,” the boss said. “Carry on with your work!” Highly motivated by the words of his boss, the woodcutter tried harder the next day, but he only could bring 10 trees down. The third day he tried even harder, but he was only able to bring down 7 trees. Day after day he was bringing lesser number of trees down.
“I must be losing my strength”, the woodcutter thought. He went to the boss and apologized, saying that he could not understand what was going on. “When was the last time you sharpened your axe?” the boss asked. “Sharpen? I had no time to sharpen my axe. I have been very busy trying to cut trees…” That’s right. Most of us NEVER update our skills. We think that whatever we have learned is very much enough. But good is not good when better is expected. Sharpening our skills from time to time is the key to success.
Truth be know, few even ‘sharpen’ their self love to the best it can be, before we ‘think’ we love another who in turn, likely is under the same illusion. Loving often starts blooming and, soon loving fades into the doldrums, at best, of intermittent biological passion with moments of ‘kicked in memories’ during rare special moments when the mind is opened by ‘natures common sense ways’. Life, to be fully experienced, must have an inner awareness and love of self with a resulting ‘Christ like’ passion that feels compassion for all of life, especially for giving of ones love to another and others. Sharpening one’s love skills, be they sensitivity, compassion, converting hurt to love, discernment or just ‘letting go’ oh, and skillful communication, are requisites for love to grow while becoming unconditional! The skill and ‘art of love’ is the one path to riches that all can take the time to seek and find. Remember, whether it be the ‘scam of love’ or, deep, genuine love it is a ‘boomerang’ and, a choice of the path to take!