There was an enterprising and aspired man who wanted to become the president of the company he works for, he had plans of buying the company and owning all shares of it. Jacob started to apply his vision, by working his way up the ladder. He encountered some obstacles and became hesitant about his dreams of owning one of the largest corporation in the country. Jacob's confidence met with his doubts and his courage faced off with his fears. He decided to go for walk in the park.
While Jacob was at the park contemplating giving up, there was another man sitting across from Jacob who resembled him. The man kept staring at Jacob as if he was looking into a mirror. Finally Jacob asked the man what he was looking at. The man replied, "myself." Jacob started to laugh and opened his newspaper to read. The man moved from the bench he was at and sat next to Jacob. He introduced himself and said, "hi, my name is Bocaj, it's a pleasure meeting you." Jacob replied, "likewise,” and tried to refocus his attention on his newspaper.
Bocaj reading into Jacob’s body language, asked the young man what was troubling him, since he kept fidgeting and just sat there turning the pages of the newspaper; instead of reading it. Jacob looked at the man and sighed. Then he asked the man, if he ever went after a dream which he knew was his reality. Bocaj processing what was said to him, questioned Jacob about believing in the reality of his dreams. Jacob tried to answer the man but his doubts replied for him and he said, "I'm not sure anymore.” The man then asked Jacob, why was he unsure and Jacob revealed, “my vision is bigger than my dreams and my reality reminds me of that.” Bocaj in the spirit of a guide, said to Jacob, “reality, what is it really? but simply a figment of your imagination, the depth of visions and the projection of your dreams.”
The man reached into his pocket and pulled out two bottles. Bocaj asked Jacob, what would it take for him to see the reality of his vision, waking up to its existence and live out his dreams. Jacob then said, “what are you talking about, I’m up and talking to you, aren’t I?” And Bocaj smiled and said, “are you?” The man took one pill out of each bottle, one of them was blue and one of them was red. Bocaj said to Jacob, “I have two options for you, take the blue pill and you will become everything you want to be, the blue pill will transcend your own blueprint and build the life you dreamed of.” Jacob sat there listening intently and said to Bocaj “how about the red pill, what does it do?” Bocaj answered Jacob and said, “you take the red pill and give up. There won’t be any more pressures, obstacles and you can go back to working in the stockroom, you’ll encounter no more struggles nor trials and tribulations. Life will be a breeze, like the wind that whispers at night.”
Jacob sat there and thought about the outcome of each pill, Jacob decided to take the blue pill and forged ahead to become everything he desired and saw himself to be. He asked the man, how much for the bottle instead of taking one pill. Bocaj told Jacob each bottle was $19.99, a year supply worth and they were non-refundable. Jacob brought the whole bottle and thanked the man.
As the days, weeks, and months went by, Jacob envisioned new ideas to take his company to the next level. He advanced and superseded by becoming the president of the company, just like he foreseen it. Jacob did not stop there, he brought all the shares of the company and used them to branch out in different states across the country. He started and inflated the company with two establishments in major cities. As the year came to a close, Jacob realized he was almost out of pills. Jacob spent several days at the park looking for the man who sold him the bottle of blue pills. Finally one day, Jacob saw the man and approached him about buying his whole supply of blue pills.
Bocaj observing how much Jacob matured by the way he carried himself, asked Jacob what took place throughout the year. Jacob overwhelmed with excitement, opened up about all his accomplishments and success of engineering the goals for his dreams. Jacob also told the man, he realized his vision was bigger than his dreams because it expanded the company by branching out. The man was proud of Jacob and expressed it to him. Jacob was in a hurry and wanted to complete the transactions for the blue pills. Bocaj then looked at Jacob and said, “there are no more blue pills.” Jacob a bit frustrated said to the man, “what are you talking about, I need more blue pills, I’m branching my company and I need the pills in order to do it.” Bocaj knowing the truth was engulfed in a rapture of laughter and Jacob not amused, yellled and shouted in at the man. Bocaj asked Jacob to calm down and once Jacob regained composure of himself, Bocaj started to talk.
“There are no blue pills, what I sold you was candy. If I sold you anything, it was hope in a bottle, faith in a bottle and even then, that can’t be; because those things are within. The blue pills didn’t assist in you obtaining success, you did that all by yourself. You see that day when I offered you the option of the blue or red pills, you actually made a choice in who you wanted to become. If anything, the pills only activated what was already there.”
Jacob’s eyes welled up in sensing the truth and tears eased their way out like a river on the path of quenching its thirst for knowledge. He realized, tthe pills had no power and there was no hope in its bottle, and he was the one with the power all along and the hope he discovered was within himself. Jacob looked at the man and for the first time with new eyes, he saw himself staring back at him, the shadow of his consciousness. Bocaj was Jacob, his confidence who assisted him in achieving his goals and dreams. Jacob was his fears and Bocaj was the courage who stared back at him in the mirror. Jacob felt his coat pocket, took out the pills and saw the candy labels on them. Jacob started to laugh and thought about the different kind of hopes that are sold in bottles.
Written by: Andrale Marie’
Copyright © 2015
Edited: March 6, 2018