Any Path is only a path, and there is no affront, to oneself or to others in dropping it if that is not what your heart tells you…. Look at every path closely and deliberately. Try it as many times as you think necessary. Then ask yourself, and yourself alone, one question … Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.
Carlos Castaneda, The Teachings of Don Juna
Pinnacle, Summit, Zenith, peak call it what you will but only a few scale the top…. So said chintu and I so very agree. They say that success comes to the one who works hard, diligently and dedicatedly, I say all that is a more of a survival tool in the competitive world of today but success comes to one who follows his heart….or rather chooses a path that has a heart.
Obviously it doesn’t get any easier doing that. A convention path is something that has direction laid down and that makes path seemingly easy with clear defined hurdles and destinations. We know the people who have in the past scaled right till the end, people who are in the race and who are out of it, we also know what went into the successes and failure and all we need is to emulate them to reach our goal. All this I guess, gives a feeling of security and these examples acts a check posts at different intervals.
Gullible that we all are, its is easy to given in to the lure or rather being fooled by the senses because the seemingly easy path is very treacherous with lots of twists and turns and lethal animals waiting to prowl on the susceptible. Its like a mirage in the desert where the reassurance of water is just a illusion.
For a path with heart requires lot of heart to choose. It’s like groping in the dark and trying to figure out a way and that might make it look very scary. Even if you have figured out a way…it might not be the way you want to tread and so begins a second, third, forth or fifth round or may be many more rounds of search. And finding a right path is just the beginning of the hardships because you really don’t have check posts, any clear defined hurdles and destination, it’s like you are making your own path.
But then the treasure lies for those who tread the untreaded or those who follow the heart because that gives him the heart to tread the most difficult of terrain and finally be on top.
As we are just warming up to a brand New Year what lay before us is unknown and in many ways undefined. Every year gives us an opportunity to explore newer paths or continue the old one. If we are already lucky we must have found our paths if not, we all have the choice. I just read a book named “How starbucks saved my life” which made me a firm believer that one can choose a path with heart no matter how much are the odds.
It actually reminds me of a line from one of my favorite movie or rather our favorite “Fight Club” - “If you are ready to loose everything, you can do anything”
Take your pick….