The Buddhists say there are 8 winds,
There are Gain and Loss,
Praise and Ridicule
Credit and Blame,
Suffering and Joy.
If you aren’t aware of them they will blow you away like dry leaves in an Autumn Breeze
For example, When someone praises you, and that tastes sweet like Candy in your mouth you are blown away by the Winds of Praise.
One Day in ancient China a young man thought he had become enlightened.
He wrote a Poem to his Master about how he was not blown away by the 8 winds.
Then he sent it to his Master who lived three hundred miles up the Yangtze River
When his Master read the Poem he wrote
“ Fart, Fart”
On the bottom of the poem and sent it back.
When the young man received his Masters reply and the more he read his reply the more he got upset.
At last he decided to visit his Master.
In those days, a three-hundred-mile trip up the Yangtze River was a very difficult journey
As soon as he arrived, he went straight to his Master’s temple,
“ Why did you write this?” he asked bowing.
“ Doesn’t the poem show that I am no longer blown about by the 8 winds?”
“ You say that you are no longer blown by the eight winds” replied the Master.
“But two little Farts blew you all the way up here”..
I couldn’t resist this little story to make you think about the small things in life that often get us huffing and puffing.
It puts our lives in perspective when you see the Bigger Picture of what many are facing in our world today..
What really needs to change?
And which way are you making the Wind blow?