The magic tree

Murphy’s Law did its worst for Sandrine that day: a puncture on the way to work, an unhappy customer, a colleague being horrible, the boss 45 minutes late for the meeting, the computer crashing. Sandrine was torn between anger, exasperation and wanting to burst into tears.

A colleague offered to give her a lift home and was invited in for a drink.

As they walked across the garden, Sandrine stopped in front of a tree, placed both hands on the trunk, leaned forward, and took a deep breath. Then and only then did she go and open the door.

To her colleague’s surprise, the miserable Sandrine was now radiant. She was playing with her children and kissing her husband and seemed very cheerful and happy.

Sandrine explained, “When I come home at night, I leave my worries at the foot of my magic tree. I ask it to look after them for me so I can give my family my full attention.

In the morning I go to get them back, but the magic tree has made most of my worries disappear during the night!”

What about you? Where could you leave your worries so they don’t worm their way into other aspects of your life where they have no right to be?



Two mice

Two mice came upon a pot of cream on a farm. They jumped into it to fill up their hungry little tummies. When they had eaten their fill, they realised they couldn’t get out. The sides were slippery and their feet didn’t reach the bottom either.

The pessimist swam around and after a while said, “It’s no use. I can’t keep going. I’m giving up.” And she sank to the bottom. 

The optimist was not prepared to give in.  She kept swimming despite her exhaustion and believed her luck would turn… and indeed she soon felt that it had, as her little bottom was sitting solidly on a mound of butter!

What about you? Do you give up or do you pursue your goals all the way?



Bamboo and ferns

A young woman goes to see a wise old woman to ask her how to cope with sadness, solitude and her own lack of commitment.

The wise old woman points to magnificent forest of bamboo. “When I came here, there was nothing but dry earth. All I had was some bamboo seeds and some fern seeds, so I sowed them and watered them carefully.

The ferns soon started to come up, but there was no sign of any bamboo. The next year the fern was out in force but still no bamboo. And it went on like that until the fifth year when – to my great surprise – bamboo shoots sprang up among the ferns!

Look at this forest! For all those years the bamboo was strengthening its roots in preparation for growing upwards! Perhaps you are not lost, you’re just busy strengthening your roots?”

And you, what are you busy strengthening so you can go further?



The universe has a plan

At my company’s annual general meeting, my chartered accountant told me he had just come from a phone meeting with another CEO.

She was an independent woman who had recently had a baby, and had announced to everyone that she would resume her professional activities within a month as she had an excellent nanny.

The day she went back to work, she fell down the stairs and ended up with her leg in plaster. How long was she going to be out of action? – The exact number of weeks of the legal maternity leave entitlement!

When the universe has a plan for you, it will find every way it can to ensure you follow it.

What about you? What sign from the universe did you not listen to?



Shall we go swimming?

“Shall we go swimming?” a friend challenged me with a provocative smile. It was Easter Monday in Brittany and the water was a freezing 11 degrees!

I took up the challenge, put my costume on and we set off for the sea. I went down the slope of the jetty and I have to say the water was icy.

I turned round and saw my brazen friend starting to lag behind and our respective husbands watching us with a mixture of astonishment and pity.

There was nothing to lose. I dived in…..

Two minutes and twenty strokes later, I was out again and energetically rubbing myself down to get the circulation going in my frozen body.

“But why did you do that?” asked my inner coach. The reason is that I love a challenge! Swimming loses its interest when it’s 30 degrees and the water is 25.

The challenge of jumping off the roof of a catamaran, walking 1,000 km, doing a parachute jump or being the first to throw myself into freezing cold water leads me to do the most incredible things.

What about you? What do you need to do to surpass your own limits?


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Who am I ?

I am a contemporary philosopher.
I capture life's little events in bubbles of happiness to inspire you in an amusing and optimistic way.

Yours bubbly,
Gundula

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