I grew up in Utah pretty close to the Great Salt Lake so this story was particularly interesting to me.
“Once an unhappy young man came to an old master and told him he had a very sad life and asked for a solution. The old master instructed the unhappy apprentice to put a handful of salt in a glass of water and drink it. “How did it taste?” the master asked. “Terrible!” spat the young man.
The master chuckled and then asked the young man to take another handful of salt and put it in the lake. The two walked in silence to the nearby lake, and then the young man threw his handful of salt into the lake. The old master said “Now drink from the lake.” As water dripped down the young man’s chin, the master asked “How does it taste?” “Good!” remarked the apprentice. “Do you taste the salt?” asked the master. “No” said the young man. The master sat beside the young man, took his hands, and said “The pain of life is pure salt; no more, no less. The amount of pain in life remains the same, exactly the same. But the amount we taste the “pain” depends on the container we put it into. So when you are in pain, the only thing you can do is enlarge your sense of things. Stop being a glass and become a lake.”
I relate this story to some of our students. Some of them come to us dealing with a full glass of salt (pain). We can help them lessen the pain they have experienced in life, due to their poor choices or things which happened to them as we help them drink from the cool and refreshing water of our “lake.” Our lake consists of the approximately 50 different programs we can offer to help them move forward and focus on a great future!
A great education is truly the refreshing water of life!