I have some wisdom to pass on.
Yesterday I received a hug from my doctor and from his wife after my acupuncture appointment.
I have an acupuncturist. His name is Dr. Sui (pronounced sway) and he and his wife, who work together, grew up and learned their trade in South Korea. They have a small shop down the street from my house, which I visit from time to time. Yesterday, in addition to receiving needle therapy and heat therapy (I’m just making up these names as I go along) Dr. Sui shared some wisdom with me to help me with my problems which, at this appointment, were mostly school and soccer and life stress.
The ocean is massive. It takes in all sorts of dirt and oil and pollution, yet it continues to give life, steady and steadfast. The ocean can accept all sorts of pollution. A small puddle that contains only a little water becomes cloudy very easily with only a bit of dirt and can’t give much life. Maybe one or two small fish. The ocean remains clear despite the millions of tons of trash that are dumped in it. The ocean can accept all sorts of pollution. A small puddle is clear when the water is still, but a small disturbance will pick up dirt and the puddle will become dirty.
A puddle becomes polluted easily. A small lake can hold more pollution and remain clear and it can give more life than the puddle. A river constantly moves; it self-cleans. It can give more life than a small puddle or a small lake.
A young person is like a small puddle. You can only accept a few ideas without becoming angry or confused or unbalanced. You cannot grow into an ocean overnight. Each day, you get a little more water, grow a little bit larger, and get a little bit cleaner.
You can only accept as much as you can accept. You have the choice not to hear what people say. Do not listen so much that you become polluted, but do not close your ears to what could help your small puddle grow into a large ocean. You will eventually find a balance, as the ocean. A balance between pollution and life coexisting in an ever-moving ocean.