Paradigm Shift

Imagine you're in London's Heathrow Airport. While you're waiting for your flight, you notice a kiosk selling cookies. You buy a box, put them in your traveling bag and then you patiently search for an available seat so you can sit down and enjoy your cookies. Finally you find a seat next to a gentleman. You reach down into your traveling bag and pull out your box of cookies. As you do so, you notice that the gentleman starts watching you intensely. He stares as you open the box and his eyes follow your hand as you pick up the cookie and bring it to your mouth. Just then he reaches over and takes one of your cookies from the box, and eats it! You're more than a little surprised at this. Actually, you're at a loss for words.

Not only does he take one cookie, but also alternates with you. For every one cookie you take, he takes one. Now, what's your immediate impression of this guy? Crazy? Greedy? He's got some nerve! Can you imagine the words you might use to describe this man to your associates back at the office? Meanwhile, you both continue eating the cookies until there's just one left. To your surprise, the man reaches over and takes it. But then he does something unexpected. He breaks it in half, and gives half to you. After he's finished with his half he gets up, and without a word, he leaves.
 

You think to yourself, "Do this really happen?" You're left sitting there dumbfounded and still hungry. So you go back to the kiosk and buy another box of cookies. You then return to your seat and begin opening your new box of cookies when you glance down into your traveling bag. Sitting there in your bag is your original box of cookies -- still unopened. Only then do you realize that when you reached down earlier, you had reached into the other man's bag, and grabbed his box of cookies by mistake.
 

Now what do you think of the man? Generous? Tolerant? You've just experienced a profound 
paradigm shift. You're seeing things from a new point of view.
 

Is it time to change your point of view? Now, think of this story as it relates to your life. Things may not be what they seem.

P.S. This piece is not an XiC original. A friend sent this to me and I thought it'd be great to share. Thanks M!

Comments

Ads said…
At the cost of sounding as if I have missed the whole point of the post, this same story was used for ad of some biscuits or cake, I think. Was it Monginies????

On a more seriuos note I agree that changing the viewpoint can make the picture look vastly different! I tend to experiance it literally everyday as I love to fret about why a certain thing is not happening and if it is something that I have done wrong. 95 times out of 100, however, I end up relaising that delay/cancellation/change was due to xompletely extraneous factors and I really had nothing what-so-ever to do with it! Its not about you/us all the time!!!

Wish some day I shall be able to consciously adopt a third person's perspective and look at life rather than tainting it with my prejudices.
~ xistinchaos ~ said…
I am not sure which biscuit/cake company used this one..nor was I aware that they had done so. :)
But that's besides the point.

I thought it would be great to share this. And yes, I agree as usual, that when we are in situations for reasons not of our own making, we should just live with those and see what we can to do to change them if we don't like them. And at every step remember that IT IS NOT MY B***** FAULT! I loved the way the 'third eye'has been brought out in this story. :))
Hiren said…
Very amusing and interesting. Spirituality is all about not forming instant opinions and prematured judgements. This can serve as an excellent example to explain that actually.

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