The scholar Martin Buber tells the story of a person who said that when he dies and appears before the heavenly court, they could ask him. “Why were you not as great as Abraham?” and he would not be afraid; after all, he was not given Abraham’s intellectual gifts. They could ask him, “Why were you not as great as Moses?” and he would not be afraid; after all, he was not given Moses’ skills as a leader. The question that frightened him was this; “WHY WERE YOU NOT YOU?” That is; THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS.
The goal, therefore, is not to be the best, it is to DO YOUR BEST. If your self-worth is tied to being better than others, then, you are headed for trouble. Will you be able to answer THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS? We all develop different capacities, our challenges are different than for others, that’s what makes us UNIQUE. Walk your path, do not try to compete with others. This way you will be able to answer THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS.
What will make your life a good one is a willingness to walk your path and always make life less difficult for others. Think of the opportunities you have and openly share your knowledge and your expertise with others. This way you can always answer THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS.
THE RACE YOU ARE RUNNING HAS ONLY ONE COMPETITOR, AND IT IS YOU. DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS. SHARE WITH OTHERS AND YOU HAVE ANSWERED THE QUESTION OF QUESTIONS PERFECTLY.
Categories: PERSPECTIVES Philosophical Perspective
Ron Winnegrad has been a Perfumer and teacher for 46 years. As a perfumer, Ron has been able to express the world he sees through a rainbow of olfactive and emotive visions. As a teacher, Ron has helped others to see fragrance through his own multi sensorial lens.
Being given this “gift” of ego, what shall we do with it? If it used and expressed in a loving and compassionate way, the gift will not have been ruined. Now, I shall do my best to be the change I want to see in the world. I will do my best. ~ Namaste