Hello fellow “ordinary, unassuming, everyday guru” watchers. Today’s contributor to the blog has a perfect story of a wonderful encounter with an everyday guru. His good fortune is that he has this unassuming guru in his life every day. As do many of you. So, let me allow Larry to take the floor.
Hi Mr White
I have an ordinary guru story I would like to share. My father and I love bird watching. When I was a kid and my father bought me my first pair of binoculars, I could never figure out how to work the focus wheel and so everything was blurry when I would look through them. So I’d ask my dad if I could borrow his when he spotted a colorful finch. His binoculars were always in focus. One day he took the time to show me how to turn the focus wheel slowly so I could focus in on the bird we were looking at. He said to me that if I don’t learn to turn the wheel slowly, I will never get in focus.
Once when I came home from school complaining that long division was too hard for me, he tried to help me with my homework. I kept complaining it was too hard. He said that I had to slowly turn the focus wheel in my mind and pay attention to one step at a time, otherwise I would never learn long division. He then said, slow down and focus like when we go bird watching.
I never forgot that lesson. I use it whenever I get anxious about something. My dad is eighty. I am fifty-five. He is still my ordinary guru.
Thank you, Larry B.
Thank you, thank you, Larry. Now that is a great Guru story, and your father is a perfect unassuming guru for you, Larry. When we are out of focus with reality everything is blurry. This is the reason for so much stress in the world today – everyone is rushing, rushing, rushing, and very few are taking the time to adjust their focus wheel.
Your father knew that you had the ability to focus, and simply reminded you. That’s what gurus do, Larry, they remind us of what we’ve forgotten; things we should remember so we can transform our attitude from one of a helpless victim to one of a triumphant victor. Success is won when we live with the truth – we are all born to be triumphant victors!
Love & Blessings to all of you, Rob
PS – Looking at life through blurred lenses guarantees confusion. Clarity is power; it’s a key ingredient of succeeding. Learn to work your focus wheel.
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