As a human being, one has been endowed with just enough intelligence to be able to see clearly how utterly inadequate that intelligence is when confronted with what exists. I sometimes say, when I meet a sharp younger person, “If I knew what I know now, at your age, by now I’d be king.
All of us have the desire to know more and have made so many mistakes. Taking ownership of failure builds the foundation for success. Use the experience to go forward having learned what not to do again. Do not be disheartened by occasional blunders or failures. Turn the next similar situation around by not repeating the error. Do not dwell one moment on your past miscalculations. So why not learn from my faux pas and the errors of others. Or, you can live a few lifetimes and make all the mistakes yourself. Can you afford it?
All flowers need manure. Satoru
In these days’ innovation and change are critical to survival. You must not live in the past and dream of the future. Zen is about living in the now. The present is the most important aspect of your life. The past is gone and the future a theoretical concept. If your present is solid and positive, it is the best way to insure a good future since it is the basis for any plans you can make.
In life’s cycles, there are saturations and times of less intensity. Live the fast times consciously and reflect the experiences when the time has slowed down.
In the elegant language of the Stoic philosopher Epictetus, “He is a man of sense who does not grieve for what he has not, but rejoices in what he has.”
The more successful you are the easier it is to lead. If you have success you can afford better advisors, food, health care, and most of all you have more energy. Seek out an older successful person and ask their advice. Consider the information they give you with a view toward change and having a vision. Stop everything and listen to the quiet to have contact with your intuition and creative thoughts. Forget about multitasking and focus on doing one thing with quality and excellence. Life is action, but do not confuse activity with progress. Satoru
You must not be a casualty of someone else’s dream.
At some point in your life, if you are not happy with your actuality, relationships, or health, you have to decide whether to continue your attitude and old ways, later have many regrets, or make the changes necessary to achieve your goals by starting now. Bear in mind that if you have a lot of excuses not to alter and improve your existence, that the justifications are probably well planned lies. You may just want a normal life and authenticity. Forget it. Normal left our times long ago and does not figure on returning anytime soon. Satoru
You are to be given a strange, unique, ability. You can choose one or the other. You cannot tell anyone, or even hint at, or profit from the capacity, or it is instantly revoked. Both faculties are dependent on touch. One is the gift of life, the other death. If you choose life then when you touch someone, in a few weeks they will become stronger, healthier and live years longer than they would have lived. If you choose death, when you touch someone in a few weeks they will die. Which do you choose? Why? Which choice will better the world? Why? Do you help your friends and some good or brilliant people live a longer more productive life, or do you clean up all the garbage and rid the world of dictators, corruption, the nefarious, and those who contribute nothing? Which is the more positive outcome?
A friend sent me an email containing the writings of a ninety-year-old women. The women listed fifty things that she believed helped her attain a long good life. Many of the ideas were interrelated and overlapped. Her long list made me think about being more succinct and condensing my Zen philosophy of life or advice.
Life is action, suck out all the juice, and consider all the opportunities since this is not a dress rehearsal. Do whatever you want to do, with style, without hurting anyone else. Anything worth doing is worth overdoing. All you see, hear, touch, and love is all your life is ever going to be, so start now. The most precious thing on the planet is water. Drink more water while you still can.
There is a theory which states that if anybody discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.
The whole world has become a cartoon. It’s all become a big game. Get away with everything you can, steal as much as you will, be dishonest to your emotions to better yourself, cover your tracks, and hope that you will not get caught. When you do, like all good executives and politicians, you are shocked and dismayed. Deny, and deny and procrastinate. Let them knock themselves out catching you and in the end, make a deal. You still win and everybody else loses.
What ever happened to the integrity of the handshake deal?