Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Xiu Cai Dreams

In ancient China, there's a Xiu Cai(someone who passed the lowest level of the civil service examination, usually at the village level) who will take state exam for the third time in the kingdom capital. He stay at the inn that he used to occupy, two days before the exam he had a dream.

The first dream was that he was growing chicory on a very high wall. The second, when rainy day in addition to wearing a hat, he also use an umbrella.

This Xiu Cai thinks that his two dream have a very deep meaning. He immediately seek a fortune-tellers to help clarify the meaning of his dreams. After listening the Xiu Cai story, repeatedly patting his thigh, the fortune-tellers say, "You better go home. Think of it, to plant vegetables on a very high wall is very difficult? Wearing a hat and umbrella on a rainy day, wasn't it doing something too much?

Hearing this description, the Xiu Cai feels down to take the exams. He back to the lodge and packing to return home. Seeing this the innkeeper was very surprised. "Isn't the test tomorrow, why are you going home?"

The Xiu Cai told him about his dreams. The inn owner said cheerfully, "Ah, I can also explain the meaning of the dreams. I suggest that you should not go home yet. Planted on a very high wall means chosen with the highest score test? Wearing a hat and umbrella on a rainy day, means you have proper preparation and you will not fail?

The Xiu Cai feel this explanation is very plausible, because of that he eagerly take the state exam. He got third rank.

The story not to encourage us to believe in the dreams, but teaches that everything has two sides. From which side we looked, that later on the results we get.

The pessimist, give him 100 path of success will only result with 300 kinds of reasons to refuse. While the optimist, give him 1 path to success, he will make a specific 10-step planning.

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Why Shouting?

A teacher ask his students, "Why when someone is in anger, he will speak in a loud voice or shout?"

A student after thinking long enough raise his hand and answered, "Because he has lost his patience."

"But ..." the teacher ask back, "someone he talk to is thus beside him. Why shouting? Can't he speak more gently?"

Almost all students gave a number of reasons they think correctly. But none satisfactory answers. Then the teacher said, "When two people in anger, the distance between their heart become very far although they are physically so close. Therefore they are shouting."

"But strangely, the louder they shout, the more they become angry and their heart distance itself become even further. Because of that they had to shout more loud."

The teacher continues, "On the contrary, what happen when two people love each other? They speak soft and gently. Even with a small voice, they can hear it so clearly. Why is that?", the teacher ask.

They seem to think it through but none dare to give an answer. "Because their heart so close. In the end even without a single word. Just stare at each other is enough to make them understand what they want to convey."

The teacher continues, "When you're in anger, don't create a distance between your heart. Moreover, you should not say words that cause distance between you. Perhaps in that time, do not say a word may be a wise way. Because time will help you."

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