Many years ago I was floundering around towards the end of my university career wondering what to do with the rest of my life. Some one suggested I get a career, as it helped to fill out the day and also put food on your plate, which many people find a useful and enjoyable side effect. This seemed excellent advice but still left me pondering over my specific future. Some Uncle pitched in with the phrase, “You’ll never be any good at something unless you enjoy it”. This rang true to me as well and still does. It gave me the clue about what not to do, but not really the courage or belief to do that which I should have/ of .( I’m not sure which is the correct word here HA HA ).
I recognise the presence of Messiah’s. We all do. Some people’s faith is larger than other people’s, and some people have no faith at all. This is their loss or advantage depending on your point of view. I don’t question that prophets are holy men, and reading them is inspirational.
Other modern examples of this breed have been mentioned by me in previous posts, but for the record two of the people of recent memory whom I admire are Mother Theresa and Nelson Mandela. In both the sense of life and their awareness of it seem extraordinary to my human gaze, and any praise heaped on them may well fall short of the mark. I am not saying I would go to them for tips on servicing my car or any other specific problem but their grasp of what is important in life is almost beyond question.
Some people are wiser than others we can presume, and the wisest one’s often have an air of not knowing it. It’s when people tell you they are wise that you start to doubt them as it doesn’t seem to be a very wise thing to say.
That being said there are a multitude of “Gurus”, “Coaches” and other worthies who earn their living from telling you what life is about and providing the solution to any problem you may have. I am not talking about “experts”. They come in the good and bad too, but they only claim to know about a certain area of operation such as tax planning or interior decoration. It is the Life experts I have difficulty dealing with. This may well be a weakness in me, to add to the many other weaknesses I keep polished in myself through daily exercise, but it is a fact.
I don’t like being told what to do. I love learning but I’m not as good at being taught. I like to be encouraged and believed in, supported and nourished but the six simple steps to perfect happiness approach always gets my hackles rising: I don’t know why.
I met some man the other day who had a stall in a health food shop. I went in there to ask if they had an emergency supply of chocolate chip cookies. Anyway this man was an “Anthrax mediator” or some such thing and looked at me with blue eyes brimming with self knowledge and road to happiness. I immediately thought he was a bit cracked, so at least we had that in common, but whether I was going to learn anything from him was another matter altogether.For all I know he really did have the secret of life and it was my own weaknesses which prevented me from listening. More normally I get my secrets from listening to or reading about the sincere experiences of others and how they faced particular problems, but that’s just me I suppose.