The Taste of Life

An experienced and wise master grew tired of his apprentice complaining.

One morning, he sent the apprentice 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 drink it.

“How does it taste?” the master asked.

“Bitter,” spit the apprentice.

The master chuckled and then asked the young man to put a handful of Salt in the lake nearby.

The two walked to the nearby lake. After the apprentice swirled his handful of salt into the water, the old man said, “Now drink from the lake..”

As the water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked, “Now How does this taste?”

“Fresh and sweet” remarked the apprentice.

“Do you taste the salt?” asked the master.

“No,” said the young man.

At this, the master sat beside the young man who so reminded him of Himself at one time and held his hands.

He told the young man, “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.”


pic and article credit from FB post by Abraham


21 Responses to “The Taste of Life”

  1. March 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    Hi Nelson
    At first I didn’t know where this was going but by the time I read through to the end I was smiling and it serves as encouragement. This sentence from your post says it all “the amount of bitterness we taste depends on the container we put the pain in.”


  2. March 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    Wonderful message!


  3. 5 Sonel
    March 6, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Awesome post! 🙂


  4. March 6, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Well stated. Thanks for sharing!


  5. March 6, 2012 at 3:50 pm

    Beautiful story… become a lake. I like that, 😉


  6. March 7, 2012 at 1:23 am

    I’ll remember this Nelson thankyou 🙂


  7. March 9, 2012 at 8:02 am

    You consistently have profound posts that leave me thinking. Thanks for yet another great post. I really liked this story.


  8. March 12, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Putting things into a wider perspective is for me the lesson here. Nice story, bro.


  9. March 12, 2012 at 7:36 am

    … for me is the lesson …


  10. March 17, 2012 at 6:48 am

    Hi Nelson, about taste of life, I believe, if we enjoy and celebrate life, then surely happiness will come to us.

    A little writing and tips for health


  11. April 14, 2012 at 6:48 am

    What an inspiring story. We all need to be like the “lake” when trials comes. It’s how we face the challenges in life that matters. It also helps to be around family that supports you unconditionally and to pray for God’s help. Have a great weekend. Best wishes to your family.

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