Lost Thread (a true story)
by Jo Danieli
Chris: "Hi, Jo, I've got a problem."
Jo (thinking: ,... nothing new ..): "Tell me!"
Chris: "It is half past six p.m., and I have nothing to do."
Jo: "Great. So you have plenty of spare time."
Chris: "To spend on what?"
Jo: "But it is you who is on the greatest spiritual path, as you always
You found a way to be satisfied all the time, didn't you?"
Jo: "And you just came from a meditation weekend where you cleared your
Jo: "And all your collegues in the job admire your ability to be happy."
Jo: "And you read those books and found out how to think so you never have to
Chris: "Yes. But today is a special day."
Jo: "Yes, it must be special to have much leisure-time."
Chris: "That's the problem. Usually, as you know, after the job I go to the
Zen classes, do my Shiatsu treatments and have Tai Chi training. But today
the massage clients cancelled the sessions, the Zen-class doesn't take
and Tai Chi will continue the day after tomorrow."
Jo: "So what?"
Chris: "I just don't know what to do instead."
Jo (watching goosbumps appear on her arms): "... ah. What about painting,
you used to do?"
Jo: "Doing gymnastics?"
Chris: "Already done for two hours."
Jo: "Going to the cinema?"
Chris: "Yes. A bright idea. Would you come?"
Jo: "Sorry, I am very busy this evening."
Chris: "Oh, no! I don't want to go to the pictures alone. More fun with
Jo: "Sorry, I really feel like working on my book tonight, and I will go out
night-walk with my dog. And then, later, a great film ..."
Chris (sighing): "Gosh, I really should have taken my brother's old TV set."
Jo: "But you always said that you never wanted to become a TV watcher."
Chris: "Just for emergencies, like today. Okay, if you don't wanna come,
probably call Steve to come with me."
Chris: "One more question: Looks like you with your Huna are never bored.
Could you probably teach me that path? With your practices of Huna you
know how to spend your time. Seems to be a great system of
Jo: "What do you mean ... techniques?"
Chris: "Since you have been living according to Huna ..."
Jo: "I am not living according to Huna. I am living according to being human
and using my innate nature as an universal being."
Chris: "You learned to spend your time so that you always feel fulfilled!
Jo: "Huna doesn't teach how to spend your time so as not to be bored. This
philosophy teaches nothing more or less than ..."
Chris: "... how to meditate?"
Jo: "No. Only how to ..."
Chris: "... do massage?"
Jo: "... more basic stuff."
Chris: "How to sleep better?"
Jo: "No. How to be just 'me.'"
Jo: "Yes. With the wisdom of how to discover my true nature. My true wishes and
abilities. My power. My love for life."
Chris: "... allright. Well, tomorrow this feeling will be gone."
Jo: "But what about today? Don't you want to feel better today?"
Chris: "Yes, I'm going to watch an action film. A funny one. The new Jackie
Chan. Tomorrow I won't have the time or opportunity to feel bored and
I'll have some massage clients, and the Zen class takes place,
for your ... advice. And ... Wow! Late, already! I have to call
quickly. Most pictures start at half past eight."
Jo: "Enjoy, Chris."
Chris: "Okay. What about coming to the Zen class with me, tomorrow, Jo?
be more fun to be there with somebody who is as spiritually developed
as I am."
Jo: "Yes, could be interesting, one day, when it feels right for me. By the
way. I am not spiritually developed, I am just interested in life itself."
Chris: "Wow! Your Huna teachers teach you great sayings. Do you allow me to
tell this one to my Zen master?"
Jo: "My Huna teacher is myself, Chris."
Chris: "This really sounds freaky. Esoteric! I am much more grounded,
Chris: "I see life like it is: Difficult and boring, a strict and rude
teacher. But now I have to finish. Aloha, as you say!"
Jo: "Have a nice time."
Chris: "Oh yes. While talking with you I spent half an hour of the time
remaining till my next date with clients! Oh, I feel so challenged!"
Jo (smiling): "Me too. Aloha."