Friday, July 13, 2012

Chop Wood, Carry Water

       “The student asks the master:  “What work will I do as I seek enlightenment?”  The master replies “Chop wood, carry water.”
       “And what work will I do once I achieve enlightenment?”  asks the student.  
       “Chop wood, carry water,”  replies the master.
       There is a tendency in all of us to think that enlightened people don’t have the same mundane daily tasks as the rest of us.  That once you reach a certain point in life the inglorious stuff will disappear as we commence with the more important work.  
       But, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.  Whatever is your “chop water, carry wood” will still await you regardless of your position.  The beauty is finding the sacred in doing the ordinary things!