Monday, October 09, 2006

Putting the pieces together....

There was a man who had a little boy that he loved very much. Everyday after work the man would come home and play with the little boy. He would always spend all of his extra time playing with the little boy.

One night, while the man was at work, he realized that he had extra work to do for the evening, and that he wouldn't be able to play with his little boy. But, he wanted to be able to give the boy something to keep him busy. So, looking around his office, he saw a magazine with a large map of the world on the cover. He got an idea. He removed the map, and then patiently tore it up into small pieces. Then he put all the pieces in his coat pocket.

When he got home, the little boy came running to him and was ready to play. The man explained that he had extra work to do and couldn't play just now, but he led the little boy into the dining room, and taking out all the pieces of the map, he spread them on the table. He explained that it was a map of the world, and that by the time he could put it back together, his extra work would be finished, and they could both play. Surely this would keep the child busy for hours, he thought.

About half an hour later the boy came to the man and said, "Okay, it's finished. Can we play now?"

The man was surprised, saying, "That's impossible. Let's go see." And sure enough, there was the picture of the world, all put together, every piece in its place.

The man said, "That's amazing! How did you do that?" The boy said, "It was simple. On the back of the page was a picture of a man. When I put the man together the whole world fell into place."
There are many potential lessons in this piece. I am asking you to leave a comment of what you think this story means.
Should be interesting to see what the pieces mean to you....


Jerri said...

This is a wonderful story, Nancy. Did you write it? Gosh, I just love it.

For me, the meaning is that when you put yourself together--clarify who you are and what you're on earth to do--you're living in alignment with God or the Universe (or whatever terms are comfortable to you). It's then that things "fall into place."

The Buddist idea of avoiding effort doesn't mean that one never works hard. It means that you're so absorbed by what you're doing that it doesn't feel like a struggle.

Gotta love that!

Thanks for lots to think about. (As if I ever run out!!!)


~Nancy~ said...

Ah, I love that thought!

No, I did not write this piece but cannot give credit since it was not listed. I just loved it though.

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PEA said...

Hi Nan:-) I'm here via Peggy and I must say I love your blog...have read many of your posts and they are all so interesting!! Also checked out your items on ebay...oh my goodness, I was in vintage heaven!! lol So many beautiful items! Love your Autumn decorations and the way you made up your front entrance. So very welcoming:-)

Lisa said...

When your world has fallen apart, you can bet a man is behind it?