PAUL AND PABLO 2: WHO/WHAT TO LISTEN TO IN THESE TROUBLED TIMES?

THESE STORIES ARE CREATED IN FRENCH BY ISABELLE CARATTI AND NARRATED BY LEXIE BEBBINGTON. ENGLISH TRANSLATION BY YOURS TRULY.

HERE IS THE SPOTIFY LINK TO LISTEN TO THE AUDIO: https://open.spotify.com/show/7iqfs1jkQKTuazKMUspQjO

When confusion reigns, when opinions and ideas get thrown around like confetti, who do we listen to? Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Who holds the truth?

Today, Paul and Pablo discover that inner wisdom — or common sense is built-in and readily available to all. Let’s join them as they explore how to find it and hear it, before doubts and personal beliefs cloud its clarity.

Paul’s having a hard time today. Life in a pandemic is limited in a way it’s never been before, and even though he understands it’s for the greater good, he’s growing more restless and frustrated by the minute.  Luckily, Pablo, who never runs out of questions, has one at the tip of his tongue.

“Dad, my friend Nick says we need to stay away from people so no one gets sick. He says it’s like when Napoleon invaded Russia was invaded by Napoleon, just wait it out and nature will take care of it. My other friend, John, says we should do all we can to kill this virus, that sitting at home doing nothing is silly. Who’s right?”

“No one knows for sure,” answers Paul, “and that’s what’s hard. People prefer to know, you see, they want to have a clear picture of what they’re dealing with. So they make up stories and try to figure out what the problem is and how to solve it.”

“I love stories, Dad,” replies Pablo. “It’s my favorite homework. So fun!”

“You’re right,” agrees Paul, “making up stories is not a problem. But when we start mixing up fiction and reality, things can get messy. It’s good to remember a story’s a story and not the truth. When we forget this, we start believing our story is the right one, and then we want to convince others so they start believing the same story. We get into arguments or even fights. And it’s all downhill from there.”

“How do we know who or what to believe?” asks a curious Pablo.

“We keep an open mind,” continues Paul, “never forgetting it’s a story. When we do this, we don’t lose track of the little voice inside that knows truth from fiction. It’s the voice of common sense, or wisdom.

“It’s inside all of us. We can hear it when we stop listening to the noise in our heads, or at least, when we stop taking it so seriously.

“This little voice doesn’t feel fearful or urgent. It’s clear and peaceful, and it helps us see the difference between what makes sense and what doesn’t. It’s always talking to us. We can count on it to be there when we listen. It’s the default setting of humanity.

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Getting overwhelmed by the confusion around us in not a problem, it’s an invitation to slow down and listen to the voice within.  Pay attention, you’ll find it. It will never lead you astray.

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