We can look at things differently

There was a granny who cried on rain days, she also cried on sunny days. People in the village called her crying granny. One Zen master asked this granny. “Dear granny, why do you cry all the time? Do you have anything to make you sad?”

Granny wiped her tear and replied: “I have two daughters. The elder one is married to a business man that sells shoes (in the old days shoes were made from fabric) and the younger one is married to a business man that sells umbrellas. On the sunny days, I think about my younger daughter. She will have trouble to sell her umbrellas. And on the rainy days, I think about my elder daughter. She must have trouble to sell the shoes. Every time I think about these things it really makes me sad and I can’t stop crying.

After hearing this, the Zen master tried to comfort her and said: “if you can think the opposite, wouldn’t that make you feel happier. For example, on the rainy day, think about your younger daughter. She will have the umbrellas sell well. On the sunny day, think about your elder daughter. She will have the shoes sell well. Think differently. Won’t this make you happy?”

A lot of times we are stuck because we have trouble to turn our minds around. Dear friends, let’s help each other to see things differently. The world we living will be different.

~ share a story from Zen Master Xū yún