rm_dragonheat23 52M
977 posts
5/19/2006 7:53 am

Last Read:
5/22/2006 9:55 am


I did not write this story. It is the prologue to the book that I am reading. However, I think that it has an important message, so here it is…….

The Alchemist picked up a book that someone in the caravan had brought. Leafing through the pages, he found a story about Narcissus. The alchemist knew the legend of Narcissus, a youth who daily knelt beside a lake to contemplate his own beauty.
He was so fascinated by himself that, one morning, he fell into the lake and drowned. At the spot where he fell, a flower was born, which was called the narcissus.
But this was not how the author of the book ended the story.
He said that when Narcissus died, the Goddesses of the Forest appeared and found the lake, which had been fresh water, transformed into a lake of salty tears.
"Why do you weep?" the Goddesses asked.
"I weep for Narcissus," the lake replied.
"Ah, it is no surprise that you weep for Narcissus," they said, "for though we always pursued him in the forest, you alone could contemplate his beauty close at hand."
"But..... was Narcissus beautiful?" the lake asked.
"Who better than you to know that?" the Goddesses said in wonder, "After all, it was by your banks that he knelt each day to contemplate himself!!"
The lake was silent for some time.
Finally it said:
"I weep for Narcissus, but I never noticed that Narcissus was beautiful. I weep because, each time he knelt beside my banks, I could see, in the depths of his eyes, my own beauty
"What a lovely story," the alchemist thought.

pet_humility 50F

5/19/2006 9:03 am

Wow Dragon that was some
deep stuff. I loved it and thanks so much for sharing it

rm_dragonheat23 replies on 5/22/2006 8:01 am:
That's me, from horny to deep in 3.6 seconds

southrnpeach333 52F

5/19/2006 11:18 am

Let me know how you like the book. I have been thinking of reading this. I am assuming it is "the alchemist"

rm_dragonheat23 replies on 5/22/2006 8:02 am:
You are correct, Peach. So far I am enjoying it

ArtisticTwist75 42F
2505 posts
5/19/2006 11:43 am

Isn't that what many of us see when we look into our lover's eyes? Thank you for sharing... What was the book?


rm_dragonheat23 replies on 5/22/2006 8:05 am:
That's what I was thinking. Too many times we are still thinking of ourselves when we should be thinking of others. The book is the Alchemist by Paulo Coelho.

moonfire2u 71F
2602 posts
5/19/2006 6:38 pm

What a lovely man to share this beautiful story with us...does it mean we only see what we want to?

Kind thoughts,

rm_dragonheat23 replies on 5/22/2006 9:57 am:
If you choose to see more you can. I guess its like looking at something and only seeing the parts not the whole. In the river's case it was only the reflection of itself.

HBowt2 60F

5/20/2006 10:14 am

glad to see you back dragon and with such a wonderful post...

rm_dragonheat23 replies on 5/22/2006 9:59 am:
HBowt, I'm glad you liked it. Sometimes I'm in a very introspective mood.

534 posts
5/21/2006 9:49 pm

Nice one...and thank you for sharing...Take Care ~D~

rm_dragonheat23 replies on 5/22/2006 9:59 am:

Knot4Everyone 41F

5/21/2006 11:55 pm

Certainly something to think about... Welcome back!

rm_dragonheat23 replies on 5/22/2006 10:00 am:
I figure if I have to spend my whole life in deep thought, why shouldn't everyone.

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