For a long time I never really understood the adage ” Fullness is Emptiness.” I have only recently realized the important meaning hidden in these three words.
And sometimes it takes an old fairy tale to bring it to light. Einstein was right when he said….
I tried to connect as many fairy tales to historical events as possible…and even have my students search for the perfect fairy tale to match an historical event in American History. ( Sadly… so many eighth graders had never heard the basic fairy tales or been read to at night… even back in the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and millennia. I remember being completely shocked!)
In a recently revised fairy tale a king had every treasure anyone could possibly want – but none of them made him happy. He kept waiting for that one magic treasure / that present that would fill him with happiness and joy!
Then one day he heard of a mysterious old woman who lived in the mountains and made the most beautiful quilts ever imagined-they brought immediate joy to each lucky recipient.
Immediately the king sent his soldiers to find her and bring her to the palace. But when she heard his request she turned him down -she only gave her quilts to the poor and homeless.
The king was furious but she stuck to her guns… even with her life in danger! She told him that the only way she would create a quilt for him would be if he gave away all his treasures to the poor.
Finally the king caved and slowly realized that the more he gave away to his poor subjects the lighter he felt… as if a burden had been lifted from his shoulders.
By the time the magical old woman presented him his quilt he had no treasures but instead the love of all his villagers. … And that made him happy and filled with joy!
The older I get… the more I want to simplify my life by ridding the house of ” stuff” I don’t need-but someone else does.
So until tomorrow… ” When fullness is Emptiness… emptiness is HAPPINESS! “
” Today is my favorite day ” Winnie the Pooh