MY WAY OR THE HIGHWAY!
Sometimes doing something right or correctly can be done in more than one way. How often do we feel that things should be done ‘our way’ and in no other way simply because only our way is the right correct way? Some of us even go to the extremes in this attitude and are so cemented in it that we say “My way or the Highway” to those who do not want to accept our way. This attitude has great potential of harming our relationships and needs to be corrected immediately should we wish to preserve and protect these. The story below depicts how each way regardless of how incorrect it seemed to the others still brought about favourable and positive results. In it is a lesson for us to embrace and welcome the views and thoughts of others sometimes.
Once, five wise men got lost in the forest.
The first one said:” I will go to the left – my intuition tells me that.”
The second one said: “I will go to the right – because “the right” comes from the word “rightness”.
The third one said: “I will go back from where we have come – we came from there and therefore it will lead us back to our entry point of the forest.”
The fourth one said: “I will go straight – we should move forward, the forest will end and something new will open.”
And the fifth man said: “You are all wrong. There is a better solution. Wait for me.
He found the tallest tree and climbed into it. While he was climbing everyone else scattered towards their own sides. From above he saw where they should go to leave the forest faster. Now he could even see in what order the other wise men would reach the end of the forest. He climbed higher and saw the shortest way. He understood the problem and to himself thought that he had found the only solution to their plight! He thought that he did everything right. And the others were wrong. They were stubborn and they didn’t listen to him. He was the real Wise Man!”
But he was wrong.
Everyone was right. The one who went to the left, found himself in the thicket. He had to starve and fight with wild animals. But he learned how to survive in the forest; he became a part of the forest and could teach others the same.
The one, who went to the right, met thieves. They took everything from him and made him steal with them. But after some time, he had woken up something in those thieves that they have forgotten – humanity and compassion. The remorse was so strong in some of them, that after his death they also became the wise men.
The one, who went back, made a pathway through the forest, which soon became a road for those who wanted to walk in the forest without being afraid of getting lost.
The one, who went straight, became a pioneer. He visited the places where no one else was and opened wonderful new possibilities for people, amazing healing plants and magnificent animals.
The one, who climbed into the tree, became a specialist of finding short ways. People turned to him when they wanted to find the fastest way to deal with their problems, even if it didn’t lead to any development.
At the end all five ways brought about goodness, even though troubles had to be encountered initially.