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THE STORYTELLER June 29, 2010

Posted by Dr. Jacqueline E. Campbell in Health, Motivation, Wellness.
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As a doctor, I wear many hats – that of healer, teacher, confidante, mentor,  friend and cheerleader.  I love my patients.  We have spent many hours talking, laughing and dreaming. They have taught me so many lessons about life.  One of the ways in which I help them is by telling little stories.  I inherited the storyteller gene from Mummy who  “speaks in parables”. To be honest with you, the stories also help me in my personal development.

CHANGE

One day all the employees of a company were sad when they saw a notice announcing the death of one of their colleagues,  a person who, the statement said “had been hindering your growth in the company”. They were invited to attend the funeral service.  Intrigued, they rushed to view the body of this individual.  Everyone thought “Who is this guy who has been hindering my progress? Well at least he died!” One by one the thrilled employees got closer to the coffin and when they looked inside, they suddenly became speechless.  What happened? There was a mirror inside the coffin – everyone who looked inside it could see himself. There was also a sign next to the mirror that said “There is only one person who is capable of setting limits to your growth – IT IS YOU!”

Your life does not change when your husband, wife,  friends, boss or status changes. Your life changes when YOU change, when you go beyond your limiting beliefs.

HAVE FAITH

If you put a buzzard in an open space that is 6 feet by 8 feet, the bird, in spite of its ability to fly, will be an absolute prisoner. Why ? Because a buzzard always begins a flight from the ground with a run of 10 to 12 feet. Without its usual space to run, it will not even attempt to fly, but will remain a prisoner for life in a small jail with no top.

The ordinary bat that flies around at night, cannot take off from a level place. If it is placed on the floor or flat ground, all it can do is shuffle about helplessly, until it reaches some slight elevation from which it can throw itself into the air. Then, at once it takes off like a flash.

A bumblebee, if dropped into an open tumbler, will stay there until it dies, unless it is taken out. It never sees the means of escape at the top, but persists in trying to find some way out through the sides near the bottom. It will seek a way where none exists, until it completely destroys itself.

In many ways, we are like the buzzard, the bat, and the bumblebee. We struggle about with all our problems and frustrations, never realizing that all we have to do is look up!

Sorrow looks back, Worry looks around, But faith looks up!

CONTROL YOUR TEMPER

There was a little boy with a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, to hammer a nail in the back fence. The first day the boy had driven 20 nails into the fence. Then it gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. So he told his father who suggested that he pull out one nail for each day that he was able to hold his temper. Finally the boy was able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. His father led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. It will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like these holes . You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It will not matter how many times you say ‘I’m sorry’, the wound is still there.”

A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one

LOVE YOURSELF

A water bearer in India had two large pots, one hung on each end of a pole which he carried across his neck. One of the pots had a crack in it, and while the other pot was perfect and always delivered a full portion of water at the end of the long walk from the stream to the master’s house, the cracked pot arrived only half full. This went on each day for a year with the bearer delivering only one and a half pots full of water to his master’s house. The cracked pot was ashamed of its own imperfection, and miserable that it was able to accomplish only half of what it had been made to do; while the perfect pot was proud of its accomplishments

The cracked pot apologized to the bearer for not being perfect “I have been able, for this past year, to deliver only half my load because this crack in my side causes water to leak out all the way back to your master’s house. You don’t get full value for your money”.

The water bearer felt sorry for the old cracked pot, and in his compassion he said, “As we return to the master’s house, I want you to notice the beautiful flowers along the path”.

As they went up the hill, the old cracked pot noticed the beautiful wild flowers on the side of the path, and it felt a little better .

The bearer said to the pot, “Did you notice that there were flowers only on your side of your path, but not on the other pot’s side? That’s because I have always known about your flaw, and I took advantage of it. I planted flower seeds on your side of the path, and every day while we walked back from the stream, you’ve watered them, producing these beautiful flowers. Without you being just the way you are , this would not have happened”.

We all have our little cracks and flaws . However they make our lives interesting and rewarding.

DR. JACQUELINE E. CAMPBELL B.Sc. (Hons) M.Phil. (Pharmacology) M.B., B.S.

Dr. Jacqueline Elaine Campbell is a family physician whose special interests are Pharmacology, and the use of Alternative/Complementary Medicine in the treatment of diabetes and other diseases that are common in Jamaica.

She is the author of A Patient’s Guide to the Treatment of Diabetes Mellitus.

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