Sunday, July 02, 2006

Wisdom From A Laugh 13

The Cab Driver
A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder as he wanted
to ask him something.The driver gave out a loud scream, lost
control of the car, nearly hit a van, drove up a curb and stopped
just a few inches from a shop window.
For a moment, everything went quiet in the cab and then the
driver told the passenger, “Sir, don’t ever do that again. Did you know that you scared me out of my wits?”
The passenger apologized and said, “I didn’t realize that a little tap would scare the daylights out of you.”
The driver said, “Sorry, it’s not really your fault. You know, today is my first day as a cab driver. For the last twenty years I’ve been driving a funeral hearse.”
Reflection
Great fear can arise when one associates a present happening with one’s past circumstances or experiences. Let go of the past and future. Be mindful moment to moment.

2 comments:

chun peng said...

I've always laugh at jokes and then remember only the punchline. I never knew u were actually trying to convey lessons through jokes during lessons! From now on i'll "train my mind" to fish out lessons from everyday life.

But... all the present posts just tell us to practise dhamma, meditate, be mindful... can u post sth like examples... or give us some "action plan"....?

Bro .Oh Teik Bin said...

Glad to hear that you can gear out the 'message of life' from the jokes.
Oh, there are thousands of life situations where we can practise the Dhamma, meditate and be mindful eg
1. Do Dana where you can ... donation to a worthy cause, kind help to another in all sorts of ways, sharing Dhamma with others, serve in a society or club that brings benefits to others etc etc
2. Train to keep good moral principles ... no killing, no stealing, no sexual misconduct, no lying and no intoxicants.
3. Be mindful in your daily life eg
a be punctual
b keep your promises and appointments
c Be aware of your thoughts
d Be aware of your bodily actions
e Pay more attention when you interact with people
etc etc
Meditate
a Practise Metta Bhavana
b Have time set aside to relax and quieten the mind.