|An aging Hindu master grew tired of his apprentice complaining,
and so, one morning, sent him for some salt. When the apprentice
returned, the master instructed the unhappy young man to put a
handful of salt in a glass of water and then to drink it.
"How does it taste?" the master asked. "Bitter," spit the
The master then asked the young man to take another handful of
salt and put it in the lake nearby. Once the apprentice swirled
his handful of salt in the water, the old man said, "Now drink
from the lake."
As the water dripped down the young man's chin, the master asked,
"How does it taste?" "Fresh," remarked the apprentice.
"Do you taste the salt?" asked the master. "No," said the young
At this, the master took the young man's hands, offering, "The
pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain
in life remains exactly the same. However, the amount of
bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in.
So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is to enlarge
your sense of things .... STOP BEING A GLASS. BECOME A LAKE."
-- Unknown Source