A Beautiful Fable

be kind and work together

A little something different.  I read this and just had to share.  It’s a wonderful fable, short and sweet but with a beautiful moral.  I hope you enjoy it. 

One day a man said to God, “God, I would like to know what Heaven and Hell are like.”

God showed the man two doors. Inside the first one, in the middle of the room, was a large round table with a large pot of vegetable stew. It smelled delicious and made the man’s mouth water, but the people sitting around the table were thin and sickly. They appeared to be famished. They were holding spoons with very long handles and each found it possible to reach into the pot of stew and take a spoonful, but because the handle was longer than their arms, they could not get the spoons back into their mouths.

The man shuddered at the sight of their misery and suffering. God said, “You have seen Hell.”

Behind the second door, the room appeared exactly the same. There was the large round table with the large pot of wonderful vegetable stew that made the man’s mouth water. The people had the same long-handled spoons, but they were well nourished and plump, laughing and talking.

The man said, “I don’t understand.”

God smiled. “It is simple,” he said. “Love only requires one skill. These people learned early on to share and feed one another. While the greedy only think of themselves…”

                                                                                   – Rabbi Haim of Romshishok

Heaven and Hell offer the same circumstances and conditions. The critical difference is in the way we treat each other.

This needs to be applied to all of humanity.  We need to work together and take care of one another.  It feels like we are in a time of every man for himself, winner takes all, and it’s not working.  We need to remember,

The best things in life, aren’t things.

Give generously of yourself. Let’s change the world, one kindness at a time. 


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