Who You Are Is What You Feed
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I did not write the following parables, but I like the lessons they teach.
The Parable of the Two Dogs
A king has two dogs. He tells one dog to go behind a closed door, look around, and then come back and report on what he sees. The dog obeys, and a short time later comes back to the king and says: “I see a room full of smiling, happy dogs with their tails wagging.”
“Very good,” the king says. “Thank you.”
He then gives the second dog the same instructions. The second dog obeys, and a short time later comes back to the king and says: “I see a room full of angry, growling dogs with their teeth bared.”
The king then goes to the door, opens it, and looks inside. It is a room full of mirrors.
The Native American Parable of the Two Wolves
A grandfather tells his grandson, “I have two wolves fighting inside of me.”
“Which one is winning?” the boy asks.
“The one I feed,” the wise old man says.
What you see in the world around you is a reflection of who you are and what you feed.
Books by Brant
For Christmas 2018, my brother, a pilot with American Airlines, gave me a gift that became the experience of a lifetime: 12 months of free travel anywhere American Airlines flies.
Thus began a year long journey that took me from the rocky coasts of Portugal, to the hot sands of Morocco, to the mangrove swamps of Panama, with many places beyond and between. In cheap hostels and the backwaters of the nomadic milieu, I discovered a treasure chest of colorful and fascinating people. I tell their stories and a bit of my own.
The trip became as much a spiritual and emotional journey inward as it was a literal outward one, and found me in a place those of you who are in the second half of life are likely to recognize.
With references to the philosophies of Carl Gustav Jung, Jesus, Bob Dylan, and the Buddha, Blue Skyways is an international romp by a man in his 60’s with not much more than a pack on his back, and still much to learn.
A suspense/thriller novel!
When a psychology doctoral student Brian Drecker uses advanced software to analyze dreams from around the world, he discovers odd patterns that cannot be explained. Where one person's dream ends, another's begins. Unique objects appear again and again...even though the dreamers are complete strangers.
Drecker discovers the patterns form a map pointing to an ancient, lost object. Soon after, he is mysteriously murdered, leading his deadbeat brother and estranged wife on an international race to find the treasure, and the murderer. Along the way, the troubled couple are opposed by dark forces of the religious underworld, who launch a global pandemic to ensure the map of dream's secret remains lost forever.