Category: parables

A parable of two pebbles

May 29, 2012 | 6 comments

Many years ago, in a small Chinese village, a farmer had the misfortune of owing a large sum of money to a local rich man.  The moneylender, who was old and ugly, fancied the farmer’s beautiful daughter. So he proposed

Shake it off and step up

December 21, 2010 | 1 comment

One day a farmer’s donkey fell down into a well. The animal cried piteously for hours as the farmer tried to figure out what to do. Finally, he decided the animal was old, that the well needed to be covered

How do you measure success

August 23, 2010 | 1 comment

Here’s a new-to-me-version of an old story that has been widely circulated in the past that illustrates success in a simple life, well lived. The businessman was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat

Light bulb parable

June 7, 2010 | 1 comment

Some listeners of my Daily Lift last week about living in the light wanted the text to the parable I shared. Here it is…There’s a teaching story about a lightbulb in the middle of a bedroom ceiling striking up a

Carrots, eggs, and coffee

June 11, 2008 | 6 comments

A young woman went to her mother and complained that life was hard for her. She was tired of fighting and struggling. When one problem was solved, a new one appeared. She was ready to give up and quit trying.