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Your Best Teacher is Your Last Mistake

Two Buddhist monks, a senior & a junior, were on a journey when they came upon a raging river with a young woman dawning a look of despair.

She shared that she needed to get across but was unable to swim, asking sheepishly if one could carry her across.

This was a quandary because women are not allowed to make contact with Buddhist monks, therefore, when the elder monk placed his hand out to help her onto his back, the junior monk was shocked.

The monk swam across the river, helped her off & continued on as the junior monk followed in confusion.

As the day went on the junior monk’s thoughts grew to anger until finally, he shouted, “Why would you abandon your vow of celibacy so easily when you are an elder and one who is touted to be wise?”

The senior monk stopped and said, “There is a lesson you must takeaway. An exception exists for our vow. When a woman may be in danger, such as drowning, we are permitted to help.”

The junior responded, “Of course, thank you for enlightening me.”

The senior monk replied, “That is merely a rule, the lesson you must take away is that I dropped the woman on the side of the river hours ago, while you have been carrying her around all day.”

Business Tip: “It’s not the load that breaks you down; it’s the way you carry it.” — Lena Horne

Letty Sanchez, Principal Consultant/Lead Business Strategist, AEM Executive Consultants

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