On Being Perpetually Distracted

I have read many books written by Ronald Rolheiser and recommend them highly.  His insights into human nature and spirituality are very down to earth.  This essay for me, the quintessential multi-tasker, which is another way to say distracted, gave me a bit of solace……Reyanna

By Ronald Rolheiser, June 23, 2014, ronrolheiser.com

There’s a story in the Hindu tradition that runs something like this: God and a man are walking down a road. The man asks God: “What is the world like?” God answers: “I’d like to tell you, but my throat is parched. I need a cup of cold water. If you can go and get me a cup of cold water, I’ll tell you what the world is like.” The man heads off to the nearest house to ask for a cup of cold water. He knocks on the door and it is opened by a beautiful young woman. He asks for a cup of cold water. She answers: “I will gladly get it for you, but it’s just time for the noon meal, why don’t you come in first and eat.” He does.

Thirty years later, they’ve had five children, he’s a respected merchant, she’s a respected member of the community, they’re in their house one evening when a hurricane comes and uproots their house. The man cries out: “Help me, God!” And a voice comes from the center of the hurricane says: “Where’s my cup of cold water?” (To continue reading, click here.)

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