I’ve come across many people who start doing something for the sole purpose of reaping its benefits. They see the “profit” in doing it and only when they they think that it is befitting the effort, they undertake that activity.
I don’t get this.
There is an old Hindi saying which goes,
“कर्म किए जा, फल की प्रतीक्षा ना कर।”
which roughly translates into “Continue doing what you must without expecting or waiting for a result.”
There are many things that we don’t do just because its result isn’t enticing. I feel we should try everything, start everything (and finish it), if only to enjoy it and not benefit from it.
Life is here and now. So let us live in the ‘here and now’. Why worry about the future and what it’ll bring with it?
My mother says we should never assume anything. Then why do we assume that a certain activity or project will turn out to be useless for us?
Nothing is useless, you will definitely gain something from it. And so what if you don’t? So what if you “gain” nothing out of it? You had a good time doing it, it was a new experience for you and that is all that matters, isn’t it?
You won’t know if that something is a worth a shot until you try it out. (I know I’ve been saying this a lot these past few days but it is true in so many respects!)
A fellow blogger and friend, Randall Collis, the creative mind behind China Sojourns Photography once told me about the philosophy of Dao-de-Jing. It goes something like this,
“Do not force the issue, just let things flow like water and you will end up where you are supposed to be (and you’ll enjoy the ride along the way!).”
I agree with every word of it.
The point is, do you?