the suicidal man

A man went to the park one day with a loaded pistol in his jacket. He sat at the edge of a pond contemplating suicide. He struggled for several minutes to build up with the courage to do it. While buried under a cloud of despair and confusion, an elderly Chinese man approached him and asked what was his problem. From across the lawn he had noticed the man was troubled. The suicidal man answered, “I can’t sleep,” not telling the old man everything. The Chinese man, who turned out to be the famous Taijiquan master, T.T. Liang, said, “If I could show you how to sleep, would you be interested in learning?” The man said yes, so Master Liang taught him one move, the first move of the form, for “what felt like days.” The man was so tired and sore from what Master Liang showed him that he eventually slept like a baby and forgot all about killing himself. Some 50 years onward, he still practices and teaches others “how to sleep.”

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