GOOD, BETTER, BEST … NEVER LET IT REST!
I’ve moved from a crazy culture that seems always to be in an urgent hurry, to one that isn’t. And I’m loving it. I tried the good, better … but was never the ‘best’ – of course! So like a dog chasing its tail, I never got to where I (thought I) wanted to be. I didn’t get that prized tenure, I was judged ‘not good enough’ for every job I applied for. I saw the people that got that prize, and it didn’t look like much fun. Because there is always another hurdle before you get to the next prize. And another after that.
I don’t know a lot about Buddhist culture but it seems to me that in comparison to the one I’ve left, where you must achieve NOW! or at least in this life time – after all, it’s the only one we’ve got, there is a different way. If I don’t get it right in this lifetime, I’ve got another chance. Another lifetime. I will try, but I won’t have lost anything by not reaching that prize. Because I can try again in the next life time. And the next. And the next…
I interpret this to be equivalent to making the most out of what we have – now. To see merit from good actions, leading a good life, rather than simply to judge and be judged on ‘success’ or ‘failure’.
Slow down. Live a good life. Be kind. Be generous. Do the best you can. And forgive yourself.