This post is inspired by fellow blogger, LP’s latest post where he used mathematical examples to exemplify why the journey is more important than the outcome and that our mind is the determinant of that.
Refer to here.
“I have 3 million dollars, but I lost 1 million dollars, so I still have 2 million dollars. I might go jump down. If I have 1 million dollar and I made another million, I now have 2 million dollars, instead I jump for joy. The former makes me jump down, the latter makes me jump up, possibly with fist pumping and with occasional shouts of joy. Thus they are clearly different, even though it's the same.”
“The journey to the result is as important as the result. If the final result is equal, and the journey to reach the result is the same, then it might be equal in all aspects. But I doubt the journey can be the same. Even if the journey is the same, the person might be different. Even if the person involved is the same, the mental state of the person might be different. Hence, it's safe to conclude that equal results need not be equal to the person carrying out the journey.”
- LP from Bully the Bear
Same outcome, different methods
Sometimes the outcome is not as important as the journey or our state of mind. For instance, the same result can be achieved by two different people with two different ways and state of minds as follows:
Person A did it happily and at the same time makes others happy with more love and compassion, despite more time, effort and compassion cast in. Although it is impossible to make everyone happy because truth do ultimately hurts, but the sincerity is felt and the majority will benefit from it in a more sustainable manner over time.
Person B achieves the result at the expense of others in a faster and efficient manner with only personal agenda in consideration. Even though he/she is happy in his/her words now, the heart is not right and the loneliness and emptiness will eventually unfolds from within over time despite the short term happiness attain to pacify his/her own egoism.
Stop having a mind that is clogged
I said this before. I think there are three ways that our mind can be clogged.
This means truly lack of knowledge to comprehend truth or simply bo-chup! Often times, gullibility itself can be a sin too.
This is anger as we are biased against the truth, because ultimately it triumphs over our own view that we are unable to accept.
Then there are fears and worries because this is going to affect the person adversely and he/she has no clue whatsoever what to do in a difficult situation they are in. Hence it will often lead to covering up all of one’s actions with reasons not relevant and logical to the subject matter. Instead the response will be excuses based on self-pity or self-ego or self-abstinence, which eventually led to anger, putting the blame on the truth.
Another reason that we can be blinded is because we are emotionally attached to people who can shield us from seeing the truth, even if the person influencing us is not harbouring any bad intentions.
This includes not just greed of money, and more money, power and fame. This is how success is defined in today’s society. It also includes the trait of high ego especially for people who are at the echelon of the society. The fallacy of “How can they be wrong if they are this filthy rich?”
In approaching problems, if we can reach the stage to switch off the above three mental blocks, our mind will then be able to see and reason things more clearly. Eventually the path ahead will appear smoother and happier than we initially thought!
You will be surprised that how things will take care by itself miraculously too!