Today I would like to share the story about the wishing tree.
As a poor man walks through the woods, he reflects on his many troubles. He stops and rests against the tree. The magical tree that instantly grants the wishes of anyone who comes anywhere near it. He realises he is thirsty, so he wishes for a drink. Instantly the cup of cool water appears in his hand. Shocked, he takes the drink. Then he realises he is hungry, so he wishes for something to eat. Meal appears in front of him. “My wishes are being granted,” he says in disbelief.
He wishes for a beautiful home on his own and the home appears in the meadow before him. He realises that somehow, he’s been given incredible power, so he wishes for a beautiful intelligent woman to share his good fortune. She appears.
“Wait a minute, I’m not this lucky!” As he speaks, everything disappears. As he walks away, he shakes his head saying: “I knew it!” and walks away thinking about his many troubles.
It’s easy to get used to things not going our way. When we meet with challenge after challenge, we may start to believe, that life is not fair, we are undeserving or that circumstances will never change, but then, when good things do happen, we are so conditioned with our pessimistic filter, that we won’t even see them.
Through our personal development, we can challenge this conditioning. When we notice we perceive life through a negative lens, we can recognise, that this is our habit and we can step back to view things more objectively. That we can remind ourselves of the Universal law of impermanence. That things in life are always changing and we can embrace this principle, releasing these perceptions that are undeserving and embracing the goodness when it arises.
“The state of your life is nothing more than reflection of the state of your mind.” – (Wayne Dyer)