Things Sometimes Are What They Seem

Our rabbi told us a story during one of his sermons this past week during Yom Kippur, and I can’t get it out of my mind.  I paraphrase:

A man rode up to a village and approached the Village Gatekeeper.

“How will I find the people in your village?” the newcomer asked.

“How did you find the people in the village that you last visited?” the Gatekeeper replied.

“They were unwelcoming and rude,” he replied unhappily.

“Well then, that is how you will find the people in this village,” the Gatekeeper said.

The next day, another man rode up to this village and approached the Village Gatekeeper.

“How will I find the people in your village?” the newcomer asked.

“How did you find the people in the last village that you visited?” the Gatekeeper responded.

“They were friendly and lovely,” he replied with a smile.

“Then that is how you will find the people in our village,” said the Gatekeeper.

And that’s the end of the story.

Things so often are the way we perceive them.  Smile at someone and they will probably smile back.  Speak to someone and you may learn something new, or make a new friend.  Ask somebody what is bothering them if they seem angry or depressed.  One man’s friend is another’s foe.  You can be happy today, or you can be miserable.  You have the power sisters and brothers.

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About mallorylayne

midlife mom seeking meaning for the rest of her life.
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One Response to Things Sometimes Are What They Seem

  1. lori says:

    100% sister! 100%. i usually smile at people on the trains and sidewalks…sometimes just to see their response [because it’s fun] and you never know whose day you might make.
    😀

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