The Monk who earned his Ferrari
It was a long night. Our comrade wasn’t getting any sleep and he kept thinking about life’s biggest unanswered questions. Why ? What ? How ?
The questions bothered him a lot and no matter how much he thought, imagination always seemed to stumble upon a dead end.
Hence , he decided to do what many great mortals have done in the past - take action. So while he began taking steps , he wasn’t sure whether he was going in the right direction. In fact , he wasn’t even sure as to how he would get there.
So he began seeking knowledge. He took help from others, shared his views with them. While some disagreed , others got so curious that they decided to join the search with our comrade.
The comrade was a simple man but had a great gift of perspective. While he listened to problems of others, he was able to offer them really good perspectives which often lead to an amicable solution. Word spread to different villages and he started being referred to as “The Monk”.
Little did he know that this was the beginning of a journey, which some modern experts refer to as the learning curve, and some older thoughts refer to as the path to Enlightenment.
The Monk realised very soon that it was others and their stories which helped himself build that deep insight into perspective. Synergy is key and better results can be achieved only when we combine our forces with others.
The Monk also made a few mistakes on his path. There would be times when he would come across people with problems that lead him to those dead ends again. While he made half hearted attempts to satiate their need for an amicable perspective , he soon realised that it wasn’t helping. The objective should be the solution, not who finds the solution. He went back to his first value - Synergy is key. Problems that he couldn’t solve were often solved by his fellow Monks. Our Monk has started shaping his rituals - A Real Denial is better than a false commitment.
Often a times , the Monk would come across people that were convinced on a perspective they had and would just want reassurance. While the Monk did encourage the ones he agreed with , he did not shy away from expressing his disagreement over the ones he truly did not agree with. The Monk had a very clear perspective, he wanted to solve problems, not help them sweep it under the rug. The Monk had developed another set of vows - Long Term Value is greater than deliverables.
While navigating with other problems of the brotherhood, the Monk had not forgotten his original questions. Why ? What ? How ?
He kept thinking about them , trying to jump over those dead ends. The Monks outfit had grown in size and so had the bills. He once came across a visitor who had a very unique story. While in between the session , the visitor suddenly exclaimed that the session was pointless and that he wasn’t willing to hold up his end of the bargain. The Monk had already invested a significant bit of time and really wanted to solve the visitors problem. He calmed the visitor down and told him that there was no need for the visitor to hold up his end of the bargain, but he insisted that the visitor continue the extended session. Seeing the commitment The Monk had for the problem, the visitor decided to continue and eventually left a satisfied customer.
While the incident seems quite simple, something far more complex had been answered with the same. When the Monk was insisting that the visitor should continue discussing the problem, the Monk had realised the answers to his question. His decision marked the realisation that it’s not about the End, it’s always been about the path.
His love for solving problems , offering people perspectives was far more greater than any of the nuances covering the arrangement.He made a choice , a choice to increase exposure of his investment despite having hopes of no return, simply because the pride in solving that problem was of far greater value. Nirvana doesn’t lie at the end , it’s all along the road.