Posted by: Inner~Creative~Voice | December 8, 2007


strawberryThe Wild Strawberry…a zen story from Japan:

A woman was running, stumbling, and gasping for breath as a ferocious tiger chased her. Dashing for the edge of a cliff, she saw a vine.  She desperately reached for the vine and in one last, bold leap swung herself over the cliff’s edge.

As she hung dangling down, she looked up and saw the growling tiger on the ledge avove her.  She felt a moment of relief as the tiger clawed the air but was unable to reach her.  Then, the woman looked down.  At the bottom of the cliff far below where she hung was another tiger!  Tightening her hold on the vine, the woman wondered what to do.

To her further dismay, she noticed two mice, one dark as night, one light as day, nibbling at the vine.  She knew that it was only a matter of time before she would fall to the jaws of the tiger below.  Just then, she noticed a wild strawberry growing on the face of the cliff.

Gripping the vine with one hand, she reached out with the other, plucked the strawberry from the cliff wall and put it in her mouth.  Never before had she realized how sweet a strawberry could taste.

Tell me a story….


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