The Wooden Bowl

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Cassandra Carlopio
Stories to Inspire
This well known Zen parable reminds us of what is important in life.
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Debb
The Wooden Bowl
I loved this poignant story about the importance of compassion, kindness, love and role modeling. ♥️
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Carolina
A Story
A lovely retelling of a meaningful story filled with wisdom.
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Tiffany
Honey
Is my reminder to be kind. A wise friend always told me you attract more friends with honey. I have always like this saying more than kill them with kindness. In my world kindness never killed anyone. Sweetness (a.k.a honey) does attract more people.
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Walter J
Parenting...
Excellent story to show the life shaping power of parenting! Every little child has basically an unlimited memory bank that soaks up information like a sponge. As parents we have the major responsibility to make sure they experience & record the most positive, loving & compassionate inputs as possible. We should also expose them to all the good & beneficial situations & stories we can give them as well as teach them the 10 Commandments - Honor your mother & father for example. ❤️☮️🍀
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Matthew
Life is cyclical...
What you sow, you'll surely reap! I attended my own maternal grandfather throughout his final days, and his inevitable deterioration was sad to experience! Having always been such a strong presence in my life, I was more than happy to attend to his every need, though it took me away from my own wife and children for days and weeks on end. It's the price we pay as family, and my wife and I likewise attended my wife’s great aunt’s final days of life... Happily so! We didn't do it for any reward, just the duty of family...we’ll soon do the same for her maternal grandmother unfortunately, and when Nona passes, we’ll be out of grandparents entirely... I'm sad to have missed the passing of my father’s parents, having moved far from home to start my own life, marriage and family several hours from them.😰
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Linda
The wooden bowl
I felt so sad for the grandfather! I laughed when the little boy told his father what he was doing. As a parent, I can certainly relate to the story. It reminded me of a time nearly a half century ago when I overheard my daughter scolding one of her dolls. Hearing my harsh words in her little voice was a rude awakening. Thankfully, I was able to recognize the need to change my behavior, for a while anyway. I wish it was the only time I had that experience and now wonder how many times I didn’t recognize it. Mindfulness can certainly help one be a good role model. I hope it gets into elementary schools across America.
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Adri
What you give comes back around
I cried for the grandpa and for the 4 year old because what the parents where teaching him was not ok. You should treat everyone with respect and kindness. ESPECIALLY your own grandpa/elder. He was trying his hardest and all they did was criticize him for it.
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Keiko
Have Compassion
This story was interesting. It reminded me that we need to have compassion for others. Also, remember to be kind as one day this could be you in the same situation.
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Siena
Day 1
This story made me a little teary. It goes to show that sometimes wisdom and wiseness can come from the youngest children. People need to be treated equally no matter how they look or act. It shouldn’t matter if they are different. We all have differences and similarities. “Treat others how you want to be treated”
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Alex
Happiness
I noticed that you need happiness in your life not perfection.
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Zayna
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now i have to wait 4 minutes for this :( might Un-install and just go back to box fan sounds for sleeping assistance
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Zayna
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MY PHONE IS 2% AND I HAVE TO WAIT 2 MINUTES TO HEAR THIS. WAIT ILL PROBABLY NEVER GET TO HEAR IT
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Chhuana
we are all getting old
well this is a good story... the thing is whenever we treat our elders especially our parents like in the story.. we should always know that we are growing old too
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jess♥️
Family
We always have to include our family members no matter who they are or what they do. We have to do this before we don’t have the time to do it
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Elisabeth
Isolation
Sticking together through thick and thin helps to build healthier relationships within a family. Rather than chastising or shunning an individual, provide resources, show respect/grace and give support to mend the bond.
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Meg
Love and kindness
I hope my loved ones feel loved by me... I will be more attentive of this.
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Rachel
realizations
this story - like many on here - was very inspirational in the way that it shows the realization that everyone’s days are numbered and actions are very powerful. you may think no one is watching, but there will always be someone affected from others’ actions - even if it seems to only be you, or seems like no one cares about the little things you do. the other day i heard a story a man told in an advertisement on Youtube that reminded me of the meaning of this story here on Aura. he explained that everyday walking in and out of work there was always a man that he would wave hello and goodbye to. he didn’t think much of it until one day he was informed that the man waving back to him every morning and evening had autism, and went home to his family to share that the wave he exchanged with the man was always the best part of his day. the man explained how upon hearing this, it really hit him in the heart and reminded him to be kind to everyone and know that it might affect someone more deeply than you would think. overall, ‘the wooden bowl’ is a great story and i highly recommend to all!
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Abby
Compassion
With this story I realized that sometimes we don’t realize what we are doing is wrong or isn’t kind. I learned to remember that just because I am busy, doesn’t mean I can treat others without care. I must show compassion and kindness for what we give the world is what we will receive.
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Enzo
kindness
i learned that showing love is one of the things that make us feel alive
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Charisse
The wooden bowl
We should treat our aging parents with respect. They do not want to be a burden to us. They just need love & kindness like they treated us with when we needed them, now it is our turn to repay the favor. That is not to say you may have some frustration, but didn’t they have them with us too. Be the better wolf(story of 2 wolfs & step up) choose to breathe & have compaction & patience. ❤️
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Alex
I felt incredibly sad for the grandfather.
The child’s perspective is pure and clear. We can learn deep kindness and empathy from children if we only listen.
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Patrick
Deeply touched by this!
As I will soon be 69, this story deeply touched me. In our society, the elderly are abused and cast aside. My daughter who, when younger, showered me with love, now thinks of me as an old man who needs “professional” help. The evidence is overwhelming that we are a Culture of Death where the innocent, young and elderly are victims. I am extremely sad!
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Patrick
Regardless...I love you as you are
Don't go changing to try and please me You never let me down before Don't imagine you're too familiar And I don't see you anymore I wouldn't leave you in times of trouble We never could have come this far I took the good times; I'll take the bad times I want you just the way you are I need to know that you will always be The same old someone that I knew What will it take till you believe in me The way that I believe in you? I said I love you and that's forever And this I promise from the heart I could not love you any better I love you just the way you are
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Sarah
I really like this story and I reminds us of things we should be thinking about more 🙂
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Lou
Why rush?
Remembering that time is relative and that time is just cycles. Scorecard
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Lou
Reagardles... I love you are
Haven’t disappointed me, don’t change, I don’t think you will
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Tess
Simple
I enjoyed this story as a child, but the idea of simplifying was nice to hear again. As well as the compassion, simplifying was needed.
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Kim
Compassion
I learned that compassion is a concept often not applied in the home . Patience and gentle actions towards eachother take a back seat with other concerns/priorities. My poor mum. How my compassion and understanding flew out the door when she stayed in our home. I feel ashamed as my work and other shallow priorities took precedence over being with my mum with compassion My goal is to change this behaviour and relish the time with my aging parents.
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Patience
I was reminded of the link between patience and compassion. Part of being an pathetic kind person is having realistic expectations of what others can manage and not trying to force something different.