Once a person travelling with all his belongings on a cart entered a village, and went to the village leader’s house. He sought his permission to settle down in the village. The village head asked him a question, “Why have you left your village?” The travelling man answered that the village was full of cheats, and lazy people.
It was becoming impossible for him to do his business there as most of the people who would approach him would take things from him, but would never honour and fulfill their commitments. Listening to the explanation, the village head answered that he should move on, as this village too had cheats and lazy people, and that he would encounter the same kind of frustration in this village. The people sitting around the village head were taken aback at what the village elder had said, but refrained from countering or challenging his judgment.
A few days later another man with his belongings on a cart entered the village and headed for the village elder.
He too sought permission to settle down in the village. The village elder asked him the same question, “Why have you left your village?” This man answered that his village was a great place, the people were honest and hardworking. The reason he left was because he was a potter, and the village had too many potters. He therefore took the decision to search for a village where there was shortage of potters.
The village elder suggested that the person should settle in this village, as people were sincere and hard working, and that there was a need for one more potter. The person thanked the village head, and went about finding a place to settle down.
The fellow villagers were confused; for the village elder had said something totally opposite, and requested the village head to explain.
The village elder said, “What we are is what we make of the world to be around us. The person who came a few days earlier himself was lazy and insincere. Instead of making an effort to be aware and do the right thing, he did what many of his kind do, blame others and the world. He was escaping and was irresponsible. The person who has come today is aware and responsible. He realised what needed to be done. We all make a choice in life to be responsible or not, every day and every moment.” The more we are responsible, the more we will explore, the more we explore, the more vibrant our life will be. Lead vibrant lives.