The Contented Goat

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“The Contented Goat”  |  Anthony Satori

[a parable]

Once there was a farmer who had a goat that he loved very much.  The goat was good-natured and worked hard on the farm.  It helped carry things, didn’t make noise or cause trouble, and was a pleasant companion to him and his children.  The farmer marveled at how good the goat was, considering how little food and care it needed.

One day, the farmer accidentally fed the goat only half of its normal daily meal.  At first the farmer was worried, but the next morning he found that the goat seemed fine, despite having only eaten the smaller amount of food.  Amazed at his discovery, the farmer continued to feed the goat the new smaller amount every day, and the goat continued to do well, regardless. 

With time, the farmer began to experiment with giving the goat less and less food each day, waiting to see at what point the goat would begin to cry and complain.  He was amazed, however, to find that the goat continued to be productive and good-natured no matter how often he reduced the goat’s meal, and that it never complained.  The farmer was delighted, because he could give the extra food to the other farm animals, who would moan loudly at even the slightest diminishment or delay in their allotment; but the goat never complained, seeming always to be content with however little it received.

One day, the farmer awoke to discover that the goat had starved to death during the night.  The farmer could not believe his misfortune, having lost this most special animal.  He also couldn’t imagine how it had happened, since the goat had always seemed to be content with so little.

[the moral]

If you have a valued project, person, or relationship in your life that seems to be content with very little, instead of imagining how you can give it less and less without worry, imagine how much better things could be if you gave it more.

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Flying Colors

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“Flying Colors”  |  Anthony Satori

“I believe that if one were to always look up at the skies, one would end up with wings.”

— Gustave Flaubert

Every day, whenever you can, remember to place your attention and thoughts on the good things in your life, on all of the things that you are grateful for, and on everything that you wish to see grow and expand and thrive.  Where you choose to focus your mental, spiritual, and emotional energy will determine what will become nourished and strong in your life, and you will become an active agent in the creation of your own best world.

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Cobalt Blue

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“Cobalt Blue”  |  Anthony Satori

“The way of the creative works through change and transformation, so that each thing receives its true nature and destiny and comes into permanent accord with the great harmony:  this is what furthers and what perseveres.”

— I Ching