A practical joke taken to a useful extreme….
An unsuspecting innocent man – salt of the Earth – goodness.
He actually “delivers”
And this applies to you too.
So here is the question:
What would you do if someone swore that you knew the secret of life and put you on a stage to tell it?
And here are some answers from an unlikely place.
And from some unsung heroes of everyday life.
And all this came to us …. why?
Because an unusually smart film production crew, set up a hysterical prank on precisely this theme…
A prank with a practical twist.
A prank and a social joke to prove a point and demonstrate our inner strength.
The Mastery of wisdom.
For the prank to work, they chose an unsuspecting Federal Express postal delivery driver to apply their skilled deception on. This is a simple postman who was asked to deliver a package to a religious temple.
Unbeknown to him the religious cult temple was fabricated by the film producers just for the purposes of this prank…
Further and still unknown to the driver, the film producers, had taken a photo of the Fed-Ex delivery man, and replicated it as an antique painted portrait, depicting the young man dressed in the royal regalia of the fictitious religious cult.
They sent the man to deliver the package … Yet when the Fed-Ex delivery man arrived, the religious disciples — all actors hired by the producers for the occasion — took one look at him and began buzzing excitedly.
They ushered him to the front of the sanctuary and invited him to sit on a plush cushion of honor. The “cushion” of the throne of wise religious leader. Then they revealed to him that he was the chosen one, the long-awaited prophet foretold in their scriptures from a faraway time…
To allay any doubts, a disciple parted the altar curtain where – lo and behold – hung the majestic antique portrait of the deliverer, “purportedly painted by a visionary centuries ago.”
“Please,” begged the disciples to the Fed-Ex guy: “Give us some words of wisdom.”
The driver surveyed the portrait and looked over the throng of expectant devotees. A hush fell over the assembly. He sat down on the pillow, took a deep breath, and spoke: “Life,” the sage explained, “is like a river.”
The disciples “oohed” and “aahed” on the heels of his utterance, hanging fervently on every sacred word.
“Sometimes life flows easily, and sometimes you encounter rocks and rapids,” the guru illustrated, “but if you hang in there and have faith, you will arrive at the ocean of your dreams.”
Again the students swooned with ecstasy. More “oohs” and “aahs.” This was indeed the day they had been waiting for!
“Well, that’s about it,” the newly anointed “Swami” the Fed-Ex curtly concluded: “I have to go now and make some more deliveries.”
Reluctantly the devotees rose, bowed reverently, and sheepishly cleared the way for the anointed one.
Amid profuse veneration he made his way to the door.
And bid them farewell….
He went on to continue working.
Here is the amazing postscript to the story:
The film producers played the same trick on several Fed-Ex drivers, each of whom found some profound words – full of meaning – the moment he sat on the cushion.
The invitation to wax poetically, brought forth the inner wisdom in these unassuming fellows.
It follows that:
Deep within our heart, each of us knows the truth.
The answers we seek, the power we strive for, and the acknowledgement we attempt to gain — all exist within each and every one of us.
Truth abides inside us.
Given the opportunity — we’ll do the right thing.
Being placed on the throne — we will deliver.
Given a challenge — we will rise to the height of the circumstances.
Being pushed against a wall, we’ll react — positively.
Because we know what we need to know.
And we can muster the courage do what we need to do.
If only we find the strength and the way to reach deep inside of us and bring it forth.
And then act upon it.
Can you abide by this?