Choosing Wisely in Life
The boy completed his Masters from an eminent University. He was bubbling with energy, optimism, confidence and ambition. A great professional life was awaiting him.
He took his parents to his favorite lakeside resort to celebrate his hard-earned achievement. The father was feeling happy for his son and was sharing his learnings’ that come only by withstanding the vagaries of life. The son however was in a different zone, eager to latch on to the riches of a great life, that his education and smartness promised.
Distracted as he was by the annoying sermons, he noticed a beautiful ball that was drifting aimlessly in the lake. He wanted to retrieve it. As he prepared to jump into the lake, he faintly heard his father’s cautionary voice. Ignoring it completely in his youthful enthusiasm, he jumped into the lake. He swam strongly closer to the ball but it moved ahead disturbed by the ripples. This sequence kept repeating.
The ball always stayed out of his reach, however hard he tried. He gradually started tiring and glanced back towards to see how far he has travelled into the lake. He was in the middle of the lake and his parents were no longer in sight. Weariness gripped him.
The constant endeavor to catch the ball just within reach appeared like a trap. The lake simulated the life and the ball the enticing aspirations. The chase appeared an ego driven effort. He felt himself to be in a strange situation. The banks appeared equidistant and difficult to reach. He thought maybe it was his destiny to drown tired with the effort but he soon realised he had made a choice.
He thought he had to suffer the consequences of karma. He had ignored the wise advice of his father. He wished he had sanity to follow his wisdom and not set upon an elusive chase, that took a heavy toll upon him.
Years had passed since the chase started and nothing came out of it. Will his endeavors end up in cipher like all the chaser?
He suddenly woke up perspiring and breathing heavy from deep sleep. He was happy that it was only a dream and he had a choice to make, to go slow and stop chasing elusive goals.
Life had more beautiful vistas to offer. It made sense to live happily, mindfully and not worn down by tiredness of futile efforts. He realized the destiny is created by the act of free will and is not a preset default.
~ Dr. Rajeev Sudan