Dead Cat Head
Recently I went and got another motorcycle. Traded in the one I had and got another one. What was wrong with the one I had? Nothing. But the one I have now is bigger, shinier, blacker and cooler.
Was it a practical decision? No.
Would I have gotten by, and still had tons of fun, with the old one? Yep.
So why change? There is no practical reason, except to say, riding this one makes me feel good. Let me expand by starting with a little Zen story:
Soazan, a Chinese Zen master, was asked by a student, “What is the most valuable thing in the world?
The master replied, “The head of a dead cat.”
“Why is the head of a dead cat the most valuable thing in the world?” Inquired the baffled student.
“Because,” replied the master, “No one can name its price.”
My point with the bike is- this one makes me feel good. And what price can you place on feeling good? There is no price can be placed on that.
Not that you need a motorcycle, a car, a fancy golf set or anything material to make you feel good. Feeling good isn’t a commodity to be purchased and traded. Whatever floats your boat is the key to it. Nothing is wrong, and nothing is right, so long as it genuinely makes you feel happy and peaceful. And, allows everyone else the same privilege.
The trick is to understand that it’s all okay, as long as one doesn’t become slave to it and it doesn’t hurt others. Becoming a slave to anything is bad juju. Not because it can harm you perse, but because you get hooked on it and once you’re hooked on something it becomes a freedom problem– you become its slave.
Let me put it this way, by way of an example.
I spent far, far too many years a slave to the job. Far too often put the important personal matters on the backburner; including at times family. Put those who worked for me behind the budgets, goals and targets that just had to be met! Their feelings, values and thoughts ran a very poor second to the whims, whines and demands of our corporate masters.
There is nothing wrong with working for a large corporation by the way. Nothing at all. What is very wrong however is to be ruled by it. Owned by it. To want power and glory so badly that you will readily and willingly crush anyone who stands in the way. Or, worse still, just because you can. And boy, aren’t there a few of those stalking the halls and corridors of the multi-nationals.
These days cruising on my motorsickle gives me more pleasure than all the office-days did combined.
Key to it all is balance. Balance and following your heart. Find what makes you happy and do it.
Trying to do one thing for securities sake, and another for happiness sake is pretty much ensuring you’ll achieve neither. Not properly anyway.
As the Zen saying goes, The hunter who chases two rabbits, catches neither one.