THE CRAFTSMAN TAKES ACTION
We are intelligent beings, every single one of us. In each of us an inherent ability to shine brighter, stand taller, love larger, live true.
We are intelligent beings, every single one of us, with all our grand ideas living out their lives in our mind.
The fruits of our action are not our concern. It does not start out perfect, nothing ever is. It might be messy but all good stories are. The only job, our only concern, is in taking action - karma. Through action we bridge the gap between our grand concepts and their reality. We surpass the fear that hold our passions captive in daydreams. Through action we hone our craft and get better at what we do. "It takes a while to draw a perfect circle" says the craftsman, as he steps out of his mind’s banter and into taking the very action that will get him to where he wants to be.
"The immature think that knowledge and action are different, but the wise see them as the same." Bhagavad Gita
There will be times that we are fed up. We withdraw, remain inactive, do nothing. We cease to participate and simply become an observer of our lives. The car is still moving though, you've just taken the backseat. If that is where you are, use it, don't guilt on it - withdrawing does not equate to being inferior. If that is where you are it is what you need. This is your vantage point for reflection. Observe yourself instead of others. Notice the little things that make you happy. Start somewhere, spend time with the people and activities that bring you joy. Take small actions, lighten your load. Things will get easier. Dwell in your heart's cave and listen to the soft guidance within.
"It is better to live your own destiny imperfectly than to live an imitation of somebody else's life with perfection" Bhagavad Gita.
Chuang Tzu : Drawing the Perfect Circle
Chu'i the draftsman
could draw more perfect circles
freehand than with a compass.
His fingers brought fourth
spontaneous forms from nowhere.
his mind was meanwhile free and
without concern with what he was
No application was needed
his mind was perfectly simple
and knew no obstacle.
So, when the shoe fits,
the foot is forgotten.
When the belt fits,
the belly is forgotten.
And when the heart is right,
for and against are forgotten.
No drives, no compulsions,
no needs, no attractions;
When your affairs are under control
you are a free man.
Easy is right.
Begin right and you are easy -
The right way to go easy
is to forget
the right way
and forget that
the going is easy
Image 1 : How to Draw a Perfect Circle (2009). Portuguese film by Marco Martins
Image 2 : Draw a Circle, Book by Lowell Silverstein