There was once a bat for whom having to go out and hunt insects was just a terrible amount of effort.
This bat was such a lover of comfort that, one day, when he happened to look through a window and saw a bird in its cage, and that it was given all its food and water without having to do anything at all, the bat decided to become a child’s pet.
The bat changed his whole routine. He got up at dawn to fly to parks so he could be spotted by some child who might adopt him as a pet. However, as bats aren’t particularly attractive, the children paid him little attention. So the bat decided to improve his appearance. He made a beak, stuck a load of feathers to his body, and learned how to whistle so that his bat calls weren’t quite as horrible as before.
And so it was, that with great good fortune, he met a little boy who hardly ever wore his glasses and was so short-sighted that this strange-looking black little bird’s ridiculous appearance didn’t really matter.
When we observe what has come to be our reality – physically and psychologically, and we don’t like and appreciate what we see. We can curate a new path of change by letting go of negative emotions and limiting beliefs from the past circumstances, then integrate a sense of motivation while developing a more positive outlook.
We live in a thought responsive world, and to embody new outcomes every day, we must develop a shift in our thinking. Regardless of the challenges we face, the only thing that matters is the mental attitude we nurture as we face that situation.
No matter how painful our challenges may get, there are positives lessons to be learnt. Challenging circumstances in the moment can seem to much to manage, but measured over a life time these challenges get less overbearing.
And when these circumstances are shared with minds where objective learning and reflection can take place, they seize to be challenges. Sometimes we go through certain challenges not just so we can learn from the experience, but so that others around us can too. So how do we make sense of challenging circumstances in life?
“You are not a manager of circumstance, you’re the architect of your life’s experience.” – Tony Robbins
We need to imagine our circumstances as a school which gives life a whole new perspective and fresh meaning. We must awaken to the idea that we are more than our physical bodies and let go of old patterns that no longer seem to empower us. Then, we can take with us our experiences and its learnings in the form of the transformation of mental consciousness.
As we become self empowered, we begin to experience more of what we want and less of what we don’t want. We live in a world of time and space where; there was a yesterday and there will be a tomorrow, but right now it is now.
According to metaphysical principles, every experience that has ever happened or will happen always occur in the now. Time is a perfectly elastic illusion that we have created to enable us control our experiences in life sequentially.
Every activity we perform is scheduled by frame in sequence. Our consciousness and experience might transcend our control, but we are responsible for what we choose to do now. As an embodiment of consciousness, we can choose now to create a different kind of experience in the face of certain challenges. Because we are uniquely equipped to start operating from a higher standard and and interact with others, and each other, on a sparkling new order of awareness.
Bashar Al-Assad is quoted as saying once that, “Circumstances do not matter, only state of being matters.”
Surly, we can create the transformation, and engineer the new collective reality we all seek.
The bat was happy in his cage, in a warm and comfortable house. There he felt like the best of all bats, and certainly the cleverest. But that feeling lasted only up to the time he started feeling hungry.
When he wanted to eat there were no flies or insects there for him, only a load of birdseed and cereal for which the bat felt the height of disgust… So much so, that he was determined to die of hunger rather than sample that bird food.
However, his new owner, noticing the bat getting thinner, decided he wasn’t going to let his little bird starve to death. Using a syringe and a spoon, he made sure that this was the first bat ever to become intimately acquainted with birdseed… Some days later, the bat bird managed to escape the cage and return home. He was so ashamed and embarrassed that he made sure he told no one what had happened.
However, he couldn’t stop the other bats commenting on how much effort he now made when they were out hunting flies, how strong and tough he had become, and how he no longer seemed to worry about the inconveniences and discomforts of living in freedom.
What is your own personal take-away and lesson from this story?
What is the lesson for relationships, business and life’s endeavors?