BEST of PONDER on THIS for Monday, December 30th, 2013 by Richard & Mary Alice Jafolla in THE QUEST

“There is a wonderful story about a wise teacher of truth who was walking through the woods with his students when they came upon the partially decomposed carcass of a dead deer. The students, in an attempt to protect their teacher from seeing such a repulsive sight, tried to steer him around it. But the teacher would not alter his direction. When he came upon the deer, he looked it over carefully and said, “My, what beautiful antlers.”

He chose to look past the obvious and express the beautiful. He didn’t dwell on the decomposed flesh but rather on the noble antlers, so his words were not of repulsion but of loveliness. We can do the same with our lives. Certainly we can find enough ugliness around us if we care to look for it, but there is also an abundance of beauty. Which do you want in your world?”

Richard and Mary Alice Jafolla, in “The Quest”

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