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When Practical is Impractical- Part 1

“Give a man a fish and he will be hungry again tomorrow; teach him to catch a fish, and he will be richer all his life.”       –      Chinese proverb

Many expect us to discuss ‘Practical’ things. Often after my classes if friends express, ‘The class was so practical’ I wonder what’s the big deal about it. The internet is filled with ‘practical’ stuff. There are practically unlimited practical things on every subject matter. Ironically we live at a time when millions of humans on this planet are more confused than ever. These days to handle our indecisive states, internet offers unlimited choices and that simply aggravates our confusion- worsens the very disease it seeks to cure!

From others’ knowledge to our own wisdom

Why do we panic when we are confused? It’s all right to be confused. Albert Einstein admitted he would sometimes live in confusion for weeks. It’s possible you are happy and sad at the same time. There’s nothing wrong with you, relax! It’s natural! As American Business management writer and teacher Tom Peters said, ‘If you are not confused, you are not paying attention.’

At such times it’s not the tsunami of information that we need to solve our problems. What we need is wisdom; not others’ realizations but our own answers to the vexing confusions in our lives. It’s ‘my’ journey, and nothing this world can offer would really solve ‘my’ problem, until the solution too is ‘mine’. We depend too much on external help which could at best be a trigger to help seek our own solutions.

Awareness and acceptance can liberate you

It’s possible your thoughts could get more tangled than your earphones and you desperately struggle to remove the intertwined wires of your life. For a change you could now try to accept the confusion; not in a sense of passive resignation but rather as an active recognition. It’s the silent awareness of your state that would liberate you, and eventually help you discover answers. As someone put it beautifully, “He who knows he is a fool is not the biggest fool; he who knows he is confused is not in the worst confusion.”

To be continued…

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