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Friday, June 17, 2011

The Sherpa’s Tale (Short Story)

This adventurer had embarked on this mountain expedition, in one of the eastern countries, and he had noticed one of the older sherpas was looking very troubled. So when they had set up camp, on the fourth night, he finally got a chance to approach the man and ask him what was bothering him.

The man came straight out with a question. A question which he had obviously had on his mind for some time. He asked, “Why are you going to the trouble of all this? Risking your life and others, and the expense of all this equipment?

The adventurer was taken by this direct question, but nevertheless answered, “To climb one of the tallest mountains in the world.”

At this the old sherpa looked away, puzzled. Thinking. Then he asked, “And what are you going to do when you get to the top of the mountain?”

Monday, May 16, 2011

What if this IS Reality: Part 4

Time is on my side.

Time is a man-made concept. Time is simply the measure of change. Something was like this; then it changed/evolved/grew into this; and it took x amount of time to get there.

Time is also measured in cycles. Ie. The length it takes for the Earth to turn around once. The length it takes for the Earth to complete a revolution around the sun. The seasons. Birth to death etc.

Now, imagine a world without these visible cycles. Take the most important ones away – day to night to day. Pretend that you live in the North Pole, but instead of six months of daylight or six months of darkness, picture constant day. Forget about the environmental issues of having permanent daylight. All of a sudden there is no reference point to count seconds, hours, weeks, months or years. If you leave your cave and walk one thousand miles, you’ve walked one thousand miles. It didn’t take Time. It didn’t take a month or a year. All that happened was that you moved from point A to point B. This is also why Time is often referred to as the fourth dimension. It has no place in our 3-D physical world. From a physical observation point of view when you were at point A, your infant child may only have been crawling, and when you reached point B, he may have begun to walk. You may also have found a few more grey hairs (or less hair altogether) and after one thousand miles your feet are blistered. Change. That’s all.

As mentioned above, Time is man-made. It’s a belief. If you think it will take five hours to complete a task, and you only have two hours ‘available’, you will probably think you won’t make it. That’s your belief.

But if you think that Time is just a concept and not a physical reality, you can bend it and manipulate your circumstances.

Think of that person in class, or at work, who does exactly the same work as you, the same tasks or job description, yet always finishes in time or ahead of schedule. Or even worse, they seem to do more than anyone else in a week; and people ask them ‘How do you find the time?’
The answer: they don’t. They don’t have the time. You never see them clock-watching or stressing about how much time they have. They simply get stuck in. In the Zone.

Why worry about something that’s not there? Do what needs doing Now!