Friday, May 11, 2007

Faux Fox - Lessons Learnt

I got reminded of a parable, when I realized the frequency with which I post now a days. Here goes the story...


A fox gets up early in the morning as the sun is rising. He comes out of the cave looking for some breakfast. But then as he comes out, he looks at his shadow. In the early morning sun the shadow is very long.


He says, “My God! I am this big! Even a camel will not be enough for breakfast.” He starts searching for a camel – it will be even better if he can get an elephant.

But time passes and he does not come across any elephant or any camel, and it is getting hot, and in fact the time for breakfast has passed. It is time for lunch and he is feeling really hungry. The sun has come just above his head. He looks another time at his shadow. It has shrunken completely, it is just under him.

He says, “My God, I have never thought that hunger can do that much. I have shrunken. I used to be so long – just in the morning – so huge and just missing one breakfast... Now even if I can get a rat, that will do – even for lunch"

Mind in its randomness and chaos, thinks with no limits; while the best of those thoughts crystallize and only the best of the best (as rated by the chaotic mind) is sent to be actioned. Most times, the period between the conception of the thought and its translation into action turns out to be so wide that, it is never materialized. I notice this phenomena happening in me time and again, even while blogging. I wait for translating a thought into a post till it attains perfection in the mind. However, it never attain perfection, as the mind is always greedy and looks for more and more satiation. The lapse time becomes, so long that, the posts get deprioritized and is ultimately lost in the void.

Lessons Learnt - Be spontaneous; Never postpone ; There is nothing like perfection; Be here and now!

Though, the parable can be interpreted in many ways, I have just related it to one phenomena.
What would be your interpretation?

24 comments:

Deepa said...

Thank you for complimenting me at Priya's Journal

starry nights said...

I loved this parable. There is a lesson to be learned.I sure took something away from this story. Thank you.

vishesh said...

what you say is true...it happens to me too..there was supposed to a post on antiques but it has been pending in my mind for 2 months now...

i let come out on its own..if i feel i need to post i simple let it flow....even for poetry it works that way :)

Jeeves said...

Two interpretations- If you skip breakfast, you can eat little for lunch and reduce weight. Hey,its a joke

Well, on a serious note. Dont keep postponing. You might end up compromising and settle for things much smaller. But then it does happen quite often in life.

Nice Post.

Kavi said...

Welcome back !

Its all in the mind as you said ! Ultimately the mind forces the body to settle for rats isnt it !?!

Jeevan said...

Shadows can’t be true! Hope on u not your shadow. Very nice story friend:)

Princess said...

//Most times, the period between the conception of the thought and its translation into action turns out to be so wide that, it is never materialized.//

so true... even i hv noticed it many times in my life...
nice story to correlate..

Shirsha said...

Nice story!
I find ideas for blog are like the sands in the beach, if you dont hold them in your hand, the wave is gonna come soon and wash it away with new sand! The old sand gets displaced...
Quick grab the sand...

priya said...

The target is to achieve one, but with mind ie., two minds can lead to various things which only dries out later (poor fox).Just as our wants are unlimited so is perfection.
It is nothing but our mindset which always craves for more.

Shiva said...

Deepa, Thanks for stopping by. I went through all your blogs. My compliment was an understatement. It deserves more.

Shiva said...

Starry - Glad that you liked and enjoyed the parable.

Shiva said...

Vishesh - That's true. Let's shell out as and when it pops.

Shiva said...

Thanks Jeeves. Your second interpretation is other way around for me. I end up eating more when I skip the breakfast:)

Shiva said...

Thanks Kavi.

Yeah, at a later point in time, mind had no option but to settle for a rat

Shiva said...

Jeevan - That was a lovely interpretation.

Shiva said...

Thanks Princess. Let's try and reduce the thought-action lapse time .

Shiva said...

Shirsha, that was an apt analogy. Lemme try to garb the sand before it is washed away. Thanks for sharing it.

Shiva said...

So true Priya. You have beautifully widended the crux of the parable. More lesseons learnt!

Dawn....सेहर said...

I can totally relate this to my experience...:) but then I learn t my own lesson n started writing whatever comes in my mind n heart :)
Good parable indeed

Cheers

priya said...

Perfection is achieved,
not when you have nothing more to add,
but when you have nothing more to take away.


-Saint- Exupery

Just came across this and wanna share it here.

-Perfection clears ones mind with more quality than quantity in watever we do and as said very well clarifies oneself.

mystic rose said...

true.

spontaneity is the way to live.. and enjoy.

nothing is ever perfect so waiting tillyou perfect something is sort of pointless.. ofcoruse we inprove as we go along.. :)

Shiva said...

Thanks Dawn. Good that you have transcended it

Shiva said...

That was an apt quote Priya. Thank for revisting and sharing your thought

Shiva said...

True Myctic. Striving towards continuous improvement is more pragmatic than striving towards perfection.