what is life exactly?

How aware are you.

What’s Important To You?

A Native American and his friend were in downtown New York City, walking near Times Square in Manhattan. It was during the noon lunch hour and the streets were filled with people. Cars were honking their horns, taxicabs were squealing around corners, sirens were wailing, and the sounds of the city were almost deafening. Suddenly, the Native American said, “I hear a cricket.”

His friend said, “What? You must be crazy. You couldn’t possibly hear a cricket in all of this noise!”

“No, I’m sure of it,” the Native American said, “I heard a cricket.”

“That’s crazy,” said the friend. The Native American listened carefully for a moment, and then walked across the street to a big cement planter where some shrubs were growing. He looked into the bushes, beneath the branches, and sure enough, he located a small cricket. His friend was utterly amazed.

“That’s incredible,” said his friend. “You must have superhuman ears!”

“No,” said the Native American. “My ears are no different from yours. It all depends on what you’re listening for.”

“But that can’t be!” said the friend. “I could never hear a cricket in this noise.”

“Yes, it’s true,” came the reply. “It depends on what is really important to you. Here, let me show you.” He reached into his pocket, pulled out a few coins, and discreetly dropped them on the sidewalk.

And then, even with the noise of the crowded street still blaring in their ears, they noticed every head within twenty feet turn and look to see if the money that tinkled on the pavement was theirs.

“See what I mean?” asked the Native American. “It all depends on what’s important to you.”

What’s important to you? What do you listen for?

If you are in tune with the Great Spirit, you will be able to hear when It speaks.

— Author Unknown — Submitted by Lauren C. — New Jersey

Isn’t that true? Listen to your heart for what is important to you. No doubt people hanker after riches, who doesn’t? I mean who doesn’t want money! We tend to chase after materialistic gains. But is that really what matters to us? That we can even neglect those we love. How often have we, like the guy in the story, stopped to hear the sounds around us and spot a little something that could make one’s day? Just a little sound from nature, isn’t that what brought a smile to you when you were a child? No? When the wind blows past, or when you hear an animal in the distant, etc. These were things that once made you smile from ear to ear; and yet now, they become so insignificant. Take some time to find out what is important to you and listen to it!


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