For once there lived a young man who felt lost in the world.
He did not know what he wanted.
He felt alone and uncertain.
He had energy and good health, but his mind darted around like a puppy chasing leaves.
And then one day the young man saw a cloud that spoke.
“I know you,” said the cloud.
The boy, not used to clouds speaking, stared in silence.
“I know you,” the cloud repeated.
“I-I can’t possibly see how,” the young man replied, feeling idiotic and confused.
“I know you,” again said the cloud.
“What do you know?” the boy asked.
“I know you will follow your path, though for now you feel you have none, and I know your path will lead to greatness, happiness, satisfaction and great accomplishment.”
“I don’t know what any of that means,” said the boy.
“You will, one day,” said the cloud.
“But today? What do I do today?”
“In each life there is a path already planned,” the cloud explained. “You have free will to struggle with it and resist it, but once you give in to it and surrender to your path, all will be smooth – like clouds floating in the sky.”
“But how do I know my path?”
“It’s revealed in bite sized clues, given in each moment. Quiet your mind, relax, and tune within to the next clue.”
“Then follow it.”
And before the boy knew it, the cloud began to break apart and slowly disappear.
“I know you,” said the cloud as it merged with the sky.
The young man, not sure what to make of all this, went to sleep.
It would be years before he would awaken.
And even upon awakening, he wondered if it were all a dream.
Or maybe it still is?
PS – You know what this means.