Tuesday, September 04, 2012

A story from 'Jason' Guo, China

Once upon a time there was a 'Paradise,' an island where all the 'Feelings' lived: Happiness, Knowledge, Vanity, and all the others, including Love. 
One day it was announced to all of the Feelings that the island was going to sink to the bottom of the ocean. So, all the Feelings prepared their boats to abandon the Island. 
Love, was the only one that didn't have a boat. S/he wanted to preserve the island paradise until the last possible moment. When the island was almost totally under the water, Love decided it was time 'S/he' better go.. S/he began looking for someone to ask for help.  Just then Richness was passing by in a grand boat, so Love asked, "Richness, can I come with you on your boat?" Love asked. Richness answered, "I'm sorry, but there is a lot of silver and gold on my boat and there would be no room for you anywhere."
Then Love decided to ask Vanity for help who was passing by in a beautiful vessel.
Love cried out, now in the sea, swimming for help, "Vanity, help me please!" "I can't help you," Vanity said, "You are all wet and will ruin my beautiful boat." 
Then, Love saw Happiness. Love cried out, "Happiness, please take me with you." But
Happiness was so overjoyed that he didn't hear Love calling to him. 
Love began to cry. Then, S/he heard a voice say, "Come Love, I will take you with me."
It was an Elder. Love felt so blessed and overjoyed that she forgot to ask the
Elder its name. When they arrived back safely on Land, the Elder went on his way. Love realized how much she owed the Elder, and was sorry S/he hadn't thanked it. 
Love then found Knowledge and asked, "Who was it that helped me?" "It was Time,"
Knowledge answered. "But why did Time help me when no one else would? " Love
asked. Knowledge smiled and with deep wisdom and sincerity answered, "Because
only Time is capable of understanding how great (unconditional) Love!


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