I have somewhere in my files a parable that many of you will have either heard or heard variations of. I love it with a passion. I shall give you the highlights and then change the ending as I have known it.
A struggling business man ( funnily I have always assumed middle aged of European decent) seeks out a great guru for the meanig of life.
The guru indicates the man must follow him up the mountain and at the top all will be revealed.
The businessman sets off in pursuit of the guru.
The Guru seems to effortlessly ascend, stopping and wating for the businessman. Always calm.
The businessman struggles, and groans. The days pass.
After some considerable number of days they come to the crest.
The businessman’s spirits build and with the smell of conquest in his nostrils he crests the mountain to see…
Busloads of people and a huge vacation resort.
Stunned he looks at the Guru and asks what is going on.
The Guru replies – only you chose to make the journey a difficult one.
So that is where the story ends.
But I would be the demanding un Hollywood or Bollywood, Guru and change the ending.
The Guru replies – only you chose to make the journey a difficult one – and seeing as you clearly have not learnt anything we must go back and start again.
Sometimes we have to fail. And in failing there is the opportunity for great learning.
There is no learning from mere insight, new ideas or information or other peoples wisdom.
It is the connecting, the living out of a new and different way of being which makes the difference.
You may not always appear to be going forward, but when you crest the mountain there will be no questions, no going back – only lightness of effort…and more effort than you ever imagined.
…At least this is what I hope my Guru would say to me, if only I could catch him on this damn mountain 🙂