Surely you’ve heard of the Stone Roses. They had that hit song in the 90’s, “Fool’s Gold.” Yeah, it was a great song and was over 10 minutes. Ian Brown was the singer you heard. He’s great. He’s been busy since the Stone Roses. He’s got this song that I can’t get the lines out of my head…
Is it the questions or the answers that’ll lead you to the Lord of the dance?
I admire your style
Love your smile
Cross the street
Is it your destiny or circumstance that leads you to the Lord of the dance?
I’ve been thinking about who, or what is The Lord of the Dance. And more importantly what is it that exactly leads me there.
Life is funny
Life is funny, because nothing can be as it appears and what happens tomorrow can be something you just don’t expect to happen. I’ve had great pain in my life and sometime it would have been easy for me just to give up and take the easy way. Other times, the situation was just something I had to deal with. It wasn’t something that was going away or change quickly. I had to learn to take it one day at a time. You know, I’ve always heard people say that, but now I know what they meant and how to do it. It saved my life.
But there have also been great and wonderful surprises. I have meant so many wonderful, cool, interesting people on the social networks like Facebook and LinkedIn and one Web2.0 services like Twitter. I’ve mentioned before how I felt it was best to keep a low profile on the Internet and poo-poo’ed any idea of pulling back the Kimono, so to speak. But I made the mental leap, and I am so thankful for my online network of friends. Many of these people I have met in person, but many I have not. I am looking forward to making new friends and contacts and being open with all of them.
Questions and Answers
I used to play a lot of “What if…?” games with myself. Like the Buddhist teachings, this only added to my misery.
The Four Noble Truths present a formulation of the Buddha´s understanding of the nature of dukkha, or “suffering“ , the fundamental cause of all suffering, the escape from suffering, and what effort a person can go to so that they themselves can “attain happiness.”. Roughly put, and on a very basic level of understanding, they state that, firstly, life as we know it ultimately is or leads to “suffering” in one way or the other. That, secondly, the cause of this “suffering” is attachment to, or craving for worldly pleasures of all kinds and clinging to this very existence, our “self” and the things or people we – due to our delusions – deem the cause of our respective happiness or unhappiness. That, thirdly, the “suffering” ends when the craving ends, one is freed from all desires by eliminating the delusions, reaches “Enlightenment”; and that, fourthly, the way to reach that liberated state is by following the path the Buddha has laid out.
I hope I didn’t loose you with that quote. My point is that instead of sitting around and lamenting why things are they way they are, I could be doing something for myself. My “enlightenment” happens to be when I play with technology and when I can do something for someone else, be it my work, a friend, a relative, a family member, or a stranger (don’t get me wrong, I got prejudices around strangers, too). With my new found respect for taking things “one day at a time” if I can do just something every day to better myself or learn something I’ve always wanted to learn, I am making progress.
Destiny or Circumstance
Remember that climber that got trapped and had to hack off his arm to survive? That was a remarkable story. You can read it, but I heard that guy interviewed. He didn’t give up, give the terrible circumstances he was in, he made his own destiny; he didn’t give up. He kept a level head, thought things through, and made some tough choices. During this time, Outside magazine published an article on people who were “lucky.” More or less, it said people tend to make their own luck and was back with some studies. For example, they put a $5 bill on the ground and people just walked by it, no one saw it. Then, a guy who said he was lucky, walked by and saw the money on the ground. They suggested that “lucky” people are actually paying more attention to their surroundings than those who were “unlucky,” whether they realize it or not. I’d like to think that’s how I am, or that’s how I’d like to be.
So, who is the Lord of the Dance?
I think we are our own, “Lord of the Dance.” That is to say, there is a little Lord of the Dance inside of us. Certainly, there are things we do, choices we make who help define who we are and where we are going. And sometimes is it really hard… super hard to see the end of the tunnel or to have faith that there is an end to the tunnel, but there is. And while I still don’t know if it’s the questions and answers or destiny or circumstance that will get me there, (honestly I think it’s both), I’ll know the real Lord of the Dance better;
I am my own Lord of the Dance.