YOU CANNOT PAINT THE WORLD GREEN By Mercy Karumba

Many are a time, we never think that we could be the problem . Instead, we always look to see if something THERE...


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Many are a time, we never think that we could be the problem . Instead, we always look to see if something THERE needs to be changed not HERE.

This is what I mean:

A story is told about a very wealthy man who was bothered by severe eye pain. He did not stop consulting a galaxy of medical experts; he consumed heavy loads of drugs and underwent hundreds of injections. But the ache persisted with more vigor than before.

At last, a monk who was supposed to be an expert in treating such patients was called for by the suffering man. The monk understood his problem and said that for some time he should concentrate only on green colors and not let his eyes fall on any other colors. It was a strange prescription, but he was desperate and decided to try it.

The millionaire got together a group of painters and purchased barrels of green paint and directed that every object his eye was likely to fall upon, be painted green just as the monk had directed. When the monk came to visit him after a few days, the millionaire’s servants ran with buckets of green paint and poured it on him since he was in red dress, lest their master see any other color and his eye ache would return.

Hearing this, the monk laughed and said “If only you had purchased a pair of green spectacles, worth just a few dollars, you could have saved these walls and trees and pots and all other articles and also could have saved a large share of his fortune. You cannot paint the world green.”

You cannot change everything around you, to suit your needs, but you can change some of your attributes to make a better you. Just like the man, despite being wealthy and capable of painting everything around him green in order to heal his eye-pain, it was not only a costly but also tiresome way of handling the issue. Like the monk suggested, it would have been far easier to purchase a pair of green spectacles. It would not only be cost-effective but would also not interfere with the flow of nature.

As human-beings faced with a situation, let us not be too eager to change the character of people around us or how things operate. I am not talking about being complacent to changing the world, but there is another perspective we often forget, changing ourselves and our vision. That is, changing how we view, reason and handle things, situations and people around us. Your job couldn’t be the problem, maybe it is how you view your boss, colleagues or work-load, maybe you should start being more positive. Your relationship could actually work, and your spouse is a good person, just adopt the ‘green spectacles’ of looking at them more lovingly and being patient. The power is in the ‘color’ of your lens, not the ‘color’ of the things you see.

This is a challenge that is actually so practical in my life at the moment. With best wishes in the Green Spectacles challenge, To read more posts by Mercy, click HERE

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