Like everyone around the world, I am saddened by the passing of Dr. Wayne Dyer. To many, his legacy is not based on riches or celebrity...his legacy is based on sharing the many quotes, books, lectures and audios that changed the lives of people around the world. So numerous that it could never be calculated...
In tribute, I wanted to share one of his great story exampolkes that is consistent with Dyer's ability to teach a profound principle in the most simplest of terms. It is the story of The Orange...
"The Orange" as told by Dyer:
I was preparing to speak at an "I Can Do It" conference and I decided to bring an orange on stage as a prop for a lecture. I opened a conversation with a bright young fellow of about twelve who was sitting in the front row.
"If I were to squeeze this orange as hard as I could, what would come out?" I asked him.
He looked at me like I was crazy and said, "Juice of course."
"Do you think Apple juice could come out of it?"
"No!" he laughed.
"What about grapefruit juice?"
"What would come out of it?"
"Orange juice, of course."
"Why? Why when you squeeze an orange does orange juice come out?"
He may have been getting a little exasperated with me at this point.
"Well, it's an orange and that's what's inside."
I nodded. "Let's assume that this orange isn't an orange, but it's you. And someone squeezes you, puts pressure on you, says something you don't like, offends you. And out of you comes anger, hatred, bitterness, fear. Why? The answer, as our young friend has told us, is because that's inside."
It's one of the great lessons of life. What comes out when life squeezes you? When someone hurts or offends you? If anger, pain and fear come out of you, it's because that's what's inside. It doesn't matter who does the squeezing--your mother, your brother, your children, your boss, the government. If someone says something about you that you don't like, what comes out of you is what's inside.
And what's inside is up to you, it's your choice.
When someone puts pressure on you and out of you comes anything other than love, it's because that's what you've allowed to be inside. Once you take away all those negative things you don't want in your life and replace them with love, you'll find yourself living a highly functioning life.
Dr. Wayne Dyer will be so missed but I believe, as a famous fablke says, Dyer can live forever because people live as long as their legacy lives...may Dr. Wayne Dyet's legacy live forever and continue to impact the lives of people around the world.
BLOG UPDATE: Through the generosity of Dr. Wayne Dyetr's family, you can watch his groundbreaking movie "The Shift" for the next 7 days! Here's the link: http://www.drwaynedyer.com/the-shift-movie