Gone Fishing

A rich industrialist from the North was horrified to find the Southern fisherman lying lazily beside his boat, smoking a pipe. “Why aren’t you out fishing?” said the industrialist. “Because I have caught enough fish for the day,” said the fisherman. “Why don’t you catch some more?” “What would I do with it?” “You could earn more money,” was the reply. “With that, you could have a motor fixed to your boat and go into…

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Negative Feelings are Useful

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . .  Pleasant experiences make life delightful. Painful experiences lead to growth. Suffering points up an area in you where you have not yet grown, where you need to grow and be transformed and change. If you knew how to use that suffering, oh, how you would grow. Let’s limit ourselves, for the time being, to psychological suffering, to all those negative emotions we have. I’ve told you what you could…

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Heart Broken?

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . A young man came to complain that his girlfriend had let him down, that she had played false. What are you complaining about? I said. Did you expect any better? Expect the worst, you’re dealing with selfish people. You’re the fool — you glorified her, didn’t you? You thought she was a princess, you thought people were nice. They’re not! They’re asleep like you. They seek their…

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What Dependency Gets You

from Awareness by Anthony DeMello . . . We all depend on one another for all kinds of things, don’t we? We depend on the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker. We set up society this way and we allot different functions to different people for the welfare of everyone, so that we will function better and live more effectively — at least we hope so. That’s interdependence and it’s fine! But to depend on…

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