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Do You Blame The Rock?



Hi there, It’s Yoshie.

Welcome to the spirit inspired life podcast.

I want to start this podcast by sharing with you

One of my favorite stories that I have ever read …..and the story about a man who was walking down the road and tripped over a rock.

He was obviously not paying attention to where he was going but he got very mad and blamed his fall solely on the rock.

As the result of the fall, he scraped his knees and chin and both of his knees and chin were bleeding.

The very next day, as he was walking down the same road, he tripped over the same rock and scraped his knees and chin again.

He became furious and blamed the rock for being there mounted to the ground.

He also concluded that he was a very unlucky person to have the same experience twice.

On the third day, the exact same thing happened.

He was fumed with rage and kicked the rock, which hurt his toes badly.

On the fourth day, he tripped once again at the exact same location.

But this time, it was a bit different.

He didn’t blame everything, his fall and pain on the rock, but instead, he started to think about the reason why the same thing happened again and again.

He then realized it wasn’t the rock’s fault after all and that he needed to pay more attention to where he was going.

On the fifth day, he went down the same road being more cautious, but unfortunately he got distracted, tripped over the same rock again, and scraped one of his knees, only one knee this time.

On the sixth day, he went down the same road, and again, he tripped over the rock, but he didn’t get hurt at all!

He somehow learned to fall in a way that prevented his body from getting hurt!

With this he experienced a great sense of satisfaction and success.

He was in awe, for he never knew that he could learn to do the self-defense roll.

On the seventh day, he went down the same road and this time he was fully present.

He simply stopped right in front of the rock, looking at it deeply.

Strangely, he felt a great sense of appreciation toward the rock, for it taught him to live in the moment and to help acquire a skill of self-defense.

He walked around the rock, and then bowed deeply, and left the scene smiling.

What happened to this man after that?

His newly found skill ignited a strong interest in martial art which eventually led him to become an excellent Aikido teacher where he taught his students his special rolling move.

When people experience bumps in the road, tough experiences in their lives, people tend to get discouraged and choose to conclude quickly that they are either unlucky, losers, or failures.

Other times, people simply choose to blame others for their misfortune.

Some people pick themselves up again and try but fall down again.

And they eventually give up because they cannot stand making mistakes again and again.

Through those few mistakes, they somehow convince themselves strongly that “I am a loser.”

“I cannot possibly do this.”

“I am not good enough.”

“I’m not talented.”

“It’s not meant to be…”

“It’s not for me…”

We tend to be very creative and come up with numerous ideas as to why we cannot achieve what we set out to achieve and many eventually succeed in convincing themselves that we lack talent.

What about you?

Many people tend to use so much of their creative power in coming up with excuses as to why they are not able to achieve their goals and dreams.

Some choose to blame their lack of education; others blame their partner.

Some blame their financial situation; others blame their health.

Some say they don’t have enough qualifications; others blame their past lives or karma.

Many people have amazing goals and dreams such as having a harmonious relationship with their partner, perfect health, financial freedom, and perfect spiritual outlook in life.

But many people choose to give up so easily and say, “it’s not for me”…”it wasn’t meant to be…”

They quickly give up their dreams…their precious dreams that were given to their spirit.

Many want to be healthy…

I’m sure you know that there are major health concerns in the US and many easily give in to prescription drugs or surgery instead of choosing to resort to healthy diets, believing that the drugs will patch up their physical ailments when it’s widely known that 100,000 people get killed by prescriptions drugs each year in the US which figure doesn’t even include the side effects and unreported deaths caused by them.

Many quickly choose to conclude that “I meant to be sick.” and “I am unlucky and cannot do anything about it.”

How many people you know are settled with status quo when they are experiencing great difficulties on every level of their life and still saying that “it’s meant to be this way…. “

Is it really?

Is it really meant to be that we stay sick, poor, or depressed?