Here are three little anecdotes that I'd like to share with you. They concern three sisters: Arom, Aporn, and Arpa.
You'll get used to it
One day, Arom went to see a fortune-teller who told her that she would encounter many difficulties over the following five years.
"Will my situation got better after that?" she asked.
"No, but you'll get used to it," answered the fortune-teller.
It's we who put our ears under this wooden shoes
Aporn attended a religious ceremony at a friend's house. It was presided over by a meditation master named Luang Pu Boodda, a very old man. Afterwards, while the monk was taking a rest prior to returning to his temple in Sing Buri, loud noises were heard coming from the shophouse next door; a man wearing Chinese-style clogs was walking up the stairs. Irritated, Aporn complained to a friend of hers: "Why does he have to make so much noise?"
Although he had his eyes closed, Luang Pu Boodda was still totally aware of everything going on around him. "He's just walking. It's we who put our ears under this wooden shoes," the monk gently cautioned.