MONDAY MUSE (2 June 2008)
Some stories we hear in school make greater sense if we connect to them. One such story was about the House of 100 Mirrors.
A puppy learned of this place and decided to visit. He happily scaled the stairs and looked through the doorway with his ears lifted high and his tail wagging as fast as it could. He found himself staring at many other happy little puppies with their tails wagging just as fast as his. He smiled and was answered with many great smiles just as warm and friendly. As he left the House, he thought to himself, "This is a wonderful place. I will come back and visit it often."
In this same village, another little puppy, who was perpetually unhappy, decided to visit the house. He slowly climbed the stairs and hung his head low as he looked into the door. When he saw many unfriendly looking canines staring back at him, he barked at them and was horrified to see all the angry puppies growling back at him. As he left, he thought to himself, "That is a horrible place, and I will never go back there again."
In the real world, all the faces we encounter are mirrors. And more often than not, the immediate reflection we see on their faces is our own. We choose the kind of reflections we see on the faces of the people we meet. And hence we must choose to be better at the mood we allow ourselves to be in.
After all, hope and despair, cheer and frown are all very infectious. It is our approach and our actions that trigger an aligned response. So if we want to be surrounded by happy, positive faces, we must begin with making the right changes in our own mental makeup and behaviour. Mirrors, they say, don’t lie.
The people around, mirror our own selves you see
For the world to BE BETTER, I must start with me
2 June 2008, Goa, India.
Since 2004, the MONDAY MUSE series (based on JCI-India’s annual theme) is penned by PRAVIN SABNIS - a life coach with a passion to connect people to their passion & potential. He employs creative competencies in theatre & trekking in his UNLEARNING UNLIMITED workshops conducted for leading corporate & other groups.
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