“You can have peace. Or you can have freedom. Don’t ever count on having both at once.”
― Robert A. Heinlein
Often we are in the middle of a crisis. What should we do in a moment when the choice is really tough? When the soul is looking for an answer and the mind and heart give you two different answers, the soul is still confused, it shouts out from the little tiny space in your system.
Risk always accompanies us in our life. When we travel from one moment to another, we are entering into a new risk zone. The last moment is always somehow more comforting and secure. But aren’t we lucky that we are able to witness this? Makes us at least different from the machines who have a certain life and no risks.
Taking a risk is not always right but the word ‘risk’ is always related to ‘adventure’, the thrill of life and the joy of not knowing whats going to happen. We succeed and we fail. But can we always take risks in life? We are always known by the risks and decisions we take in life. Our lives are formed as a result of the decisions we took at a moment.
What acts in opposition is security. Risk is not security and security is always superficial. The Bhagavad Gita clearly asks us of what we brought with us to this world and what are we going to take with us when we leave it? Nothing, right? We have to leave everything behind anyway, so why lose our sleep over excess money that we wont be able to use in our life? What will we do with the pile of money unused? Of course we can’t take it with us, what fun it would have been if it was at all possible.
Remember the pyramids and the Mummies, they were sadly mistaken for centuries that we are able to carry forward our wealth to the next birth. They buried all sorts of things like gold, furniture, etc, including food in the pyramids with the dead to give them comfort in the next life. Not even the king was allowed this advantage and we are mere sleep-less-work-more individuals, we wont have the privilege either.
But you have to choose between being the person who is an expert and the person who embarks upon journey after journey to live life fully. First option is possible with the 10,000 hours formula. Spend 10k hours on something you are passionate about and here you go, you are The Expert. You are secure.
But so many other people are neither the 1st option nor the second, they are hanging mid way. They have neither applied the 10,ooo hours formula and neither did they take the risks. Life for them becomes mundane after a while and then creeps indecisiveness where the reality is always different from what their hearts want from life. Their soul is The Most Disturbed one.
I am using ‘They’ and not ‘Me’ because I took my risks some months back and I am standing with them and Happy.
I hope you become either 1 or 2 so that your soul is in peace and doesn’t shout out for Help!
“We are our choices.”
― Jean-Paul Sartre