This story reminded me to "chop wood, carry water." The seeker came to the master with eyes that scanned everything but observed little. The master asked the seeker to focus, and the seeker observed everything (in his spoon and hand) yet missed everything. The master then asked the seeker to focus his observations on everything(s), and the seeker saw the beauty of the world but neglected to care for the beauty within his reach - in his hand. The master did not ask the seeker to do many things, he asked the seeker to do one thing, hold your center while observing the world around you for what it is - the burdens and blessings it holds.