July 11, 2004
 
Find a Book and a Tree
 
This story borrowed from the book Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman Ph.D. because it touches on some very interesting concepts relating to personal growth, business, creativity and writing:
 
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A belligerent Samurai once challenged a Zen master to explain the concept of Heaven and Hell. But the monk, replied with scorn saying "You're nothing but a lout, I can't waste my time with the likes of you."

His very honor attacked the Samurai flew into a rage and pulling his sword from it's scabbard yelled, "I could kill you for your impertinence."

"That," the monk calmly replied, "is Hell."

Startled at seeing the truth the master had pointed out about the fury that had him in its grip, the Samurai calmed down, sheathed his sword and bowed, thanking the monk for the insight.

"And that," the monk replied, "is Heaven."

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There are many, many lessons we learn here -- think about it. Not only did the monk instruct the Samurai and answer his question, he allowed him to emotionally experience his words. Emotional intelligence is deep, personal understanding of what is learned. Once learning is embedded in the heart, as well as the head, the lesson is converted to wisdom.
 
But what struck me most is what we can learn about personal growth, communication, business and creativity here...lessons we tend to overlook.
1. "show" don't "tell" for maximum communications
2. a great teacher, creates an environment where the student can learn
3. growth comes from engaging the whole person - emotion as well as intellect
 
It's summer, consider giving yourself  a gift. Get a good book that challenges you. Find a comfortable, nurturing environment away from distractions, perhaps under a tree or by a body of water. Allow yourself to get emotionally involved.
 
If you don't have a favorite, these authors have written many books that you might like to consider...
Og Mandino (http://www.ogmandino.com/ )and others are outstanding companions to take with you  

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