|Fulfillment@Work: BECOMING A FLOWER
October 13, 2002
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Published by Joel Garfinkle, Dream Job Coaching
1. Become A Flower By Thich Nhat Hanh
2. What my clients say
3. The Great Question
Becoming a Flower
By Thich Nhat Hanh (taken from one of his talks)
That flower is a formation. If you look deeply into the flower you see the sunshine. Without sunshine there would be no flower. There is a cloud in it, there are the minerals in the earth, the compost, the gardener, many elements have come together to make the flower manifest...
Yet all flowers become garbage. That is the meaning of impermanence: all flowers have to become garbage. If you practice Buddhist meditation, you find out about very interesting things--like about the garbage.
Although garbage stinks, although garbage is not pleasant to hold in your hand, if you know how to take care of the garbage, you will transform it back into flowers. You know gardeners don't throw away garbage. They preserve the garbage and take care of the garbage, and in just a few months the garbage becomes compost. They can use that compost to grow lettuce, tomatoes, and flowers.
We have to say that organic gardeners are capable of seeing flowers in garbage, seeing cucumbers in garbage. If you see things like that, you will understand that the garbage is capable of becoming a flower, and the flower can become garbage. Thanks to the flowers there is garbage, because if you keep flowers for three weeks they become garbage, and thanks to the garbage there will be flowers."
Thich Nhat Hanh A poet, Zen master, and peacemaker. He was nominated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for the Nobel Peace Price. He is Author of more than thirty-five books. http://www.plumvillage.org/
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Quotes of the week
"Only the moment counts. It determines life."
~ Franz Kafka
"It is looking at things for a long time that ripens you and gives you a deeper understanding."
~ Vincent Van Gogh
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Coaching Client - Words Of Wisdom
I think we should all stretch ourselves - that's what this process is about.
~ Client #1
I am challenging myself more - pushing myself to do more, to be more committed - to get outside my own shell and reach out to others.
~ Client #2
The Great Question
"Illusion is the only reality."
~ Gustave Flaubert
GREAT QUESTION: Is it all an illusion?
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