Well, the Guides have been busy and at night times when the world is slow and the streets are quiet, I listen and again, Spirit Whispers and stories unravel in the early morning light.
The Two Misers:
At the top of a hill in two separate caves, one on the morning side, and one on the afternoon, lived two Misers.
You would think that being at the top of a hill in the same place, the two would get along, but they were selfish, judgemental, and miserly in their words, their thoughts and their actions. Both resented the other for their mere presence on the same hill.
One day there came up the hill a small Jack Rabbit. It went to the first Miser and watched him quietly. The Miser stamped about his cave, moaning about the weather, the dirt, the sun, his feet, his life, all under his breath and with the least gratitude. The small rabbit watched for a whole day while the Miser spouted his miseries.
The next day the rabbit hopped to the other side of the Hill, to the 2nd Miser, there too he watched for an entire day. The 2nd Miser sat on the floor of his cave and moaned to himself, about the weather, the sun, the dirt, his feet, hardships, his life and so on for the whole day. If one had not known that they were two different people, one would have thought that they were the same.
The rabbit hopped back down the hill, and returned the next day with three of his friends. This time he did not hide but hopped to the centre of the clearing in front of the 1st cave and stamped his feet loudly. The Miser came to the front of the cave and stared at the rabbit. The other rabbits moved and stamped their feet too, running backwards and forwards and the Miser decided to follow them.
The four rabbits stamped, hopped and led the first Miser around the hill to the 2nd Misers cave. The 2nd Miser came out to see what all the fuss was about. The two stubborn, grumpy old men stared at each other, each noticed the scruffiness of the others attire, the surliness of the other, and neither spoke a word.
After a moment of looking each other up and down, the 1st Miser harrumphed and promptly turned and stamped back around the hill, the other turned and stamped back into his cave and the rabbits looked at each other, burst out laughing and galloped off back down the hill.
The 1st Miser on the way back to his cave was disgusted. He had never seen such a surly, untidy and rude person. Not even a hello or a kindness. Blah! he decided he is the reason I am up this hill by myself, that sort of person and returned to his own cave to fume.
Sometimes when our own ingratitude is shown back to us so clearly, we are horrified by others behaviours. What we choose NOT to see in ourselves, is an illusion of our own making. Look carefully at what learning a person brings to your Life. How the qualities you do not like, may in fact be qualities you have not addressed in yourself to a lesser extent. Above all be Grateful for all learning that comes your way, it is truly what we are here for.