Monday, November 16, 2009
One evening a Cherokee elder told his grandson
about the battle that goes on inside people.
“My son, the battle is between the two ‘wolves’ that live inside us all.
One is Unhappiness. It is fear, worry, anger, jealousy, sorrow, self-pity, resentment and inferiority.
The other is Happiness. It is joy, love, hope, serenity, kindness, generosity, truth and compassion. ”
The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather,
“Which wolf wins?”
The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed”.
Sunday, November 08, 2009
Grand, isn't it?
To watch something unfold before your very eyes?
Something that seems so subtle, so natural and profoundly sacred.
To witness it unfold and bloom without the intervention of humanity.
From the bulb - out comes a portrait - one sculpted by the potent phrase "be"...and it became.
Such a portrait is worthy to be seen only by the patient.
For the inpatient cannot bare to watch something take its time and unfold slowly.
The inpatient must see it immediately - so much to the extent that they cannot bare the idea that something hessitates and prepares for its exposure to planet earth.
The inpatient one thrashes at the bulb, some open it gently.
Regardless, they failed to give the bulb the need to open up naturally.
The bulb dies - only to unveil that the hidden portrait within
was too beautiful for the world.
and perished quickly
Some care not.
cursed for life are the inpatient - lost for life are the careless.
As humans, we are obligated to make decisions that are in the best interests of ourselves, and those near and dear in our lives. The decision making process is a tedious one, as we're require to assess the potential outcome. This requires foresight, hindsight and the willingness to accept responsibility if the outcome causes harm, and if good comes from it - to accept it with humility and gratefulness.
We're obliged to weigh the pro's and con's and if the good outweighs the bad - it is in our best interests to follow through.
Much of what I stated above is structured risk taking.
It's pensive intimate discourse. Sometimes it requires "old man" behaviour [sitting around in the quiet focusing on the task at hand] and we usually pair this with seeking advise from those who've made similar decisions.
Sometimes - we just say "f' it" and just do it without the pensive, structured risk taking. This is the risk taking of adrenaline junkies who appreciate the golden feeling of great memories and aged wisdom.
The kind of wisdom we love hearing about. These lessons are the kind that we cannot prepare for. Your only means to gaining from such risks is to supplicate, have confidence and faith.
As a human being, I appreciate the adrenaline rush of a risk. I despise the phrase "what if I did..."
I need to see something through, right till the end.
and so should you.
Sometimes the need to take the risk and see it right until the end comes from two needs. The need to satisfy curiousity and there's this magnetic need to find out. This is usually a byproduct of contradicting thoughts & emotions, some that are generated by the mind & heart and they are at odds.
and the other is a byproduct of "harmony of mind and heart".
Harmony of mind and heart is the weapon of the spiritual warrior. If you ever are in a state where your emotions and rationale are on par with each other - don't waste it.
This is the highest form of confidence - one in which, your capacity to make something work is at its highest and the anxiety of risk isn't there. You may see a potential risk - but it does not hinder your performance.
This is the equivalent of making your soul a freight train.
I want my soul to be a freight train.
nothing stops me, because I am free.