We Can’t Change the Amount of Pain. But We Can Change How Much We Feel the Pain.

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Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and told he had a very sad life and asked for a solution.

The old Master instructed the unhappy young man to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.

“How does it taste?” – the Master asked.

“Terrible.” – spat the apprentice.

The Master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake and when the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the lake.

The old man said, “Now drink from the lake.”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the Master asked, “How does it taste?”

“Good!” – remarked the apprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” – asked the Master.

“No.” – said the young man.

The Master sat beside this troubled young man, took his hands, and said, 

“The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the ‘pain’ depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass. Become a lake.

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We can’t change the amount of pain. But we surely can change how much we feel the pain.

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Yasu is the founder and CEO of Good Friends Japan. We aspire to offer opportunities of international education to unprivileged young adults. リベラルアーツ教育研究、英語学習のためにICUを中退。アメリカ、カナダに学部・大学院留学。米の中高の特別講師、サッカーの助監督、カナダで路上生活者と共生。カナダの教会で、異文化教育、カウンセリング、葬儀等を担当。シンガポール勤務を経て、児童養護施設出身者、中退・引きこもりの若者など、社会的に困難な状況でがんばる人たちの国際教育支援チーム創設。教育学修士。@yasukuwahara