The Meaningful Trails (27)

Written by Gede Prama

Finding something that could put a smile on the face of the loved ones, is the most beautiful spiritual flower that really gives a worthwhile contribution for the world. Particularly in the world that filled with fears, violence, and anger. The heat of the earth is resembling the call of a birth mother: “Pour a lot of water to this dry garden. Share more smiles to the dried souls”. Many public figures are being irritated with the circumstances that causing their anger. Some of the world leaders are getting more furious with the burning situation of the world. Yet, beautiful souls like you, are here not to get yourself burned, but to blossom. To then share the enchanting fragrance of smile to the world.

In this frame of mind, the presence of Zig Ziglar’s book called “Something To Smile About” becomes very refreshing. It is like cool water in a dry garden, a lovely smile among the angry people. This book, which comprises a collection of short stories, is indeed containing many materials of contemplation that is very heartwarming. Notice on what is wrote by this luminous soul on his writing that titled “Learning to say Yes”. When the children ask: “Mom, may I watch my favourite TV show?”. This is the suggested answer for the mother: “Yes, sure, after you are finished doing the dishes and placed it back to where it belongs”. Any father whose son asking for a permission to go to a friend’s house for doing a school project and borrow his car, is suggested to give the following answer: “Yes, of course, after you finished washing the car”. These are simple yet brilliant examples that could bring a joyful smile for the loved ones.

As a material of contemplation, one of the reasons behind the increased heat wave of violence and anger that strikes the world, is because there are way too many people who constantly say no. Let alone for a great and substantial matter, even for the small and trivial kind of things, people are rather saying no. In result, the world becomes full of people with stressful look. It would not only make people getting more rarely to smile, yet also easily trigger a conflict. Notice Zig Ziglar’s writing that titled “It is not what you do not have that matters”, which tells about Wendy who was born with no arms, yet could become the second winner in a swimming competition, typing in a high speed, and very fond of skiing. It left a simple message, which might enable you to start sharing smiles to the people around you, train yourself to be happy with anything you have. It is such a great spiritual achievement that would not only bring excitement to the inner soul, but could also reinvigorate the burning situation of the world today.

About the author

Gede Prama

Gede Prama started his spiritual journey through a dialogue with his symbolic Guru in a village at the north of Bali. The journey is then being enriched with his experiences of studying abroad, his meetings with the world greatest spiritual Gurus: His Holiness Dalai Lama, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, as well as Professor Karen Armstrong; and also being deepened by his intense meditation practices.

Despite the fact that he was once a CEO of a large corporation with thousand of employees, and was traveling abroad frequently for the purpose of teaching, yet, being deeply moved by the Bali bombing incident in 2002, he then decided to leave everything and went back to his home island.
He has never leave Bali for the past few years. In fact, he rarely leaves the silence of the forest where he lives, except for the purpose of teaching at the sacred sites within Bali.

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