Peanuts - without the chocolate

Friday, 15 August, 2014 - 12:10 pm

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A tour bus driver was calmly driving a bus load of seniors down a highway, when he was suddenly tapped on his shoulder by a little old lady. She kindly offered him a handful of peanuts, which he gratefully enjoyed.

15 minutes later she tapped him on his shoulder again and she handed him another handful of peanuts. This scene repeated itself a number of times until, when she was about to hand him yet another handful of nuts, he asked the little old lady, “Why don't you eat the peanuts yourself?"

"We can't chew them because we've got no teeth," she replied.

Puzzled, the driver asked, "Then why do you buy them?" The old lady replied, "We just love the chocolate on the outside."

Many experiences in life seem to be one way at first, and when we spend the time to look a little deeper, we perceive an entirely different dimension of reality.

Take wealth, for example - many people wish they were wealthier. We try to come up with all types of plans, investments or business dealings in order to earn more money and become more wealthy. We look at others and how financially successful they seem to be and we wish to emulate them.

We tend to ignore the detail that all aspects of life come with their own set of challenges; whether one is financially secure or ones finances are uncertain, there are challenges associated with each stage.

The key to overcoming the challenges thrown our way is to recognize that it is all coming from one source: G-d. When we recognize that our success comes from G-d, we will be much more humble and appreciative. When we acknowledge that the challenges that we face come from G-d, we realize that life is not random, rather there is a reason behind it all.

Exploring the deeper side of life lifts us up and encourages us, and enables us to live life to the fullest.

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