: a short story that teaches a moral or spiritual lesson; especially: one of the stories told by Jesus Christ and recorded in the Bible
Parable (n.): mid-13th century, parabol, “saying or story in which something is expressed in terms of something else,” from Old French parable “parabolic style in writing,” from Latin parabola “comparison,” from Greek parabole “a comparison,” literally “a throwing beside,” hence “a juxtaposition,” from para- “alongside” + bole “a throwing, casting, beam, ray,” related to ballein “to throw” (related to ballistics).
“I could end this with a moral,
as if this were a fable about animals,
though no fables are really about animals.”
Margaret Atwood (b, 1939, Regarded as one of Canada’s finest living writers; poet, novelist, literary critic, essayist, and environmental activist)
“A lower power cannot compass the full understanding of a higher. But to limit one's belief to the bounds of one's own small powers, would be to tie oneself down to the foot of a tree, and deny the existence of its upper branches.”
Margaret Gatty (1809-1873, English children’s author and writer on marine biology)
“Simply thinking creatively is not the same as being innovative, and only those who risk breaking out of their comfort zone by putting thought into action will discover the profusion of opportunity that exists.”
Michael Lum (corporate executive and author of “Make The World Your Oyster”)
“By telling stories, Jesus isn’t somehow putting sugar in a spoon to make the medicine go down a bit easier. These stories are the medicine. These stories are an extension and explanation of Jesus’ revolutionary ministry. These stories show us that things are not as they appear. Our tidy, well-packaged ideas about spirituality, faith, and reality shatter when confronted by Christ and the God he represents.”
Ronnie McBrayer (author, columnist, and pastor; best known for writing his “Keeping the Faith” blog and his book,“Leaving Religion, Following Jesus”)
“A lower power cannot compass the full understanding of a higher. But to limit one’s belief to the bounds of one’s own small powers, would be to tie oneself down to the foot of a tree, and deny the existence of its upper branches.”
— Margaret Gatty
I love parables. I love the mystery and the paradox of their story-telling capabilities. Interpreted in the right hands and heard in the right mind and opened heart, they are powerful tools.
Some of my favorite parables are not only from the Bible, but from Native American tribes.
“Two Wolves,” handed down and recorded (although unconfirmed) as a Cherokee parable, is one of my favorites:
An old Cherokee Chief was teaching his grandson about life . . .
“A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves.
“One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt, and ego.
“The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith.
“This same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person, too.”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?”
The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”
So, which parts of ourselves will we nurture to understand and enact, our lower thoughts and vibrations or our higher ones?
Higher consciousness is not as seductive or exciting as our lower temptations, but in the long run they rewire our brains and give us the abilities to create, build, and innovate our lives. Higher thoughts also strengthen and empower us.
Stay strong, my dear friends.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya