The King and the Painter


The King and the Painter

Let me tell you this story:

There was a King who had one eye and one leg..

He wanted a beautiful portrait of him to be made. He asked all the painters to draw a beautiful portrait of him. But none of them could — how could they paint him beautifully with the defects in one eye and one leg.

Eventually one painter who was known for his innovative and abstract paintings agreed and make a classic picture of the King. He took few days and created a marvel. It was a fantastic picture and everyone was surprised with his vision to make king look majestic.

He painted the King aiming for a hunt. Targeting with one eye closed and one leg bent. 

–author unknown


Why can’t we all paint pictures like this for our religious brothers. Hiding their weaknesses and highlighting their strength. Find and look for the good in others. The way that you see others has an effect on how you relate to them, how they view you, and how you view yourself. If you constantly criticize and look for negatives in people, this attitude will be reflected back to you. If we can focus our attention on the positive, if we can look for the good in people and situations, that becomes more of our reality. To be happy and have positive relationships, you absolutely must become a good finder. You must look for the good in your confreres. You must expect the best from people. And you must reinforce the good that you see.

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