Zen Parable

I’ve seen a variety of connotations of the story below, but every time I think of it I feel comforted. It helps me stay in the present moment where we are most productive. Check it out below:

There was once a man who was being chased by a ferocious tiger across a field. At the edge of the field there was a cliff. In order to escape the jaws of the tiger, the man caught hold of a vine and swung himself over the edge of the cliff. Dangling down, he saw, to his dismay, there were more tigers on the ground below him. And, furthermore, two little mice were gnawing on the vine to which he clung. He knew that at any moment he would fall to certain death. That’s when he noticed a wild strawberry growing on the cliff wall. Clutching the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other and put it in his mouth.

He never before realized how sweet a strawberry could taste.

So when I’m thinking about “what if” or “what could have been” I try to think of that strawberry and it usually helps. I hope it helps you too.