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Friday, February 12, 2010

Not Good At Anything?



It doesn’t matter if it is something “good” or “not good”, we all are good at something…

Everyone must be good at at least one thing…

Good at talking, good at not talking, good at sleeping, good at awaking, good at eating, smiling, laughing, remembering the good things, forgetting the bad things, playing, giving… Even can be good at complaining, gossiping, mocking, lying, or good at being negative about everything…

Some people are good at many things…

Some are good at a few things…

Some are good at one thing…

Some are good at doing nothing, while some are good at doing many things at one time...

Some think that they are not good at anything at all…

But it is still good at “I am not good at anything”, and so, be happy…

There is nothing wrong about being “not good at anything”…

Who says that we have to be good at something? (maybe our ego)…

One thing for sure…

No one is good at everything. There will be something that we are not so good at…

But more important it is not whether we are good at anything or not…

It is about doing everything without judgment, comparison and expectation towards ourselves and others…

Be comfortable with ourselves and enjoy what we are doing whether we are good at it or not…

Because it is really not necessary that we have to be good at what we like to do…

Everyone can sing happily loudly or softly or soundlessly even though we might be out of tune and rhythm or cannot pronounce the lyrics precisely or just mumbling or humming…

But sing and dance responsibly so that we are not disturbing other people’s peace of mind during middle of the night when people need to rest or sleep…

We don’t have to be a well-trained good dancer to dance when we feel like dancing…

Anyone can dance with the feet, with the body, with the hands, with the fingers, with the head or in the heart…

It doesn’t need to comply to any guidelines at all about how to dance…

It doesn’t matter if some people say that we are not “good” at dancing or say that we have no talent and we cannot dance…

It doesn’t matter if people want to get unhappy because they don’t like the way that we sing or dance… It is everyone’s freedom to be unhappy about anything as long as they want, as much as they want…

We can’t please everyone and we can’t stop other people from being unhappy just because they don’t like to hear or see other people sing or dance not according to the way that they want it to be…

But never let our own self judge ourselves or determine that we cannot do this or cannot do that, or we are not good at this or not good at that…

We are not free being bound by all the guidelines or standards that we create for ourselves or create by some other people…

Throw away all these meaningless “guidelines” and “standards”…

We can sing, we can dance, if we like to…

Unless we don’t like to sing nor like to dance, then don’t sing and don’t dance, be happy…

No one can force us to sing and dance if we don’t want to…

Like walking…

We can walk whatever the way that we like to walk…

Back way, side way, upside down, feet turn in, feet turn out, slowly, quickly, not slow not quickly, or John Travolta’s way…

There is no such thing about specific measurement of how far is the foot should be away from each other, nor how fast or how slow that we should walk…

Just walk…

We might trip and fall down from not being “walking properly”, and so? I don’t mind. Since I don’t mind, why do I mind about others mind or not? I fell on my own, I don’t blame anyone nor did I cause anybody to fall due to my improper way of walking…

If some others don’t like the way we walk, let them be…

I am free to walk the way that I want to walk…

Even if I have no feet, I still can walk with my hands…

Even if I have no feet and no hands, I can still manage to “walk” with just my body with some helps or without any helps… I can “roll” my body to where I want to be, or use a machine to help me to move around…

Even if I have only one square foot of space for me to move around, it still can’t stop me from “walking” within that space…

Even if my physical body doesn’t permit me to move at all, I still can “walk” to many places with my mind…

I still “walk” but not necessary comply to the definition of how other people perceive as “walking”…

Let's put it in simple term...

Some people are good at walking slowly, some are good at walking quickly. No matters what is the speed that we are walking, we all are still good at walking...

Who says that I am "not good" at yoga if I cannot touch my toes or cannot balance on one foot?

Who says that I am "good" at yoga if I can stand on my head or my feet can touch my head from behind?

It is not about our ability in doing the things…

It is not about whether we are skillfully good at doing the things…

It is about we accept ourselves as we are, and this is what we are…

This is what my body can do and cannot do...

This is what I am good at and not so good at, and so?

I am not perfect, no one is perfect, and no body can be perfect, but we can be happy even though we are not perfect…

I don’t have to do things or live my life according to the expectations from anybody…

Anyway, everyone came alone when we were born into this world, and will leave alone when our body meets death…

Who will mind after many years we had left the world about who we were and what we did?

When our body is old, sick, and in pain, who can substitute us or take away our old age, illness and pain? No body. Not our loved ones. Not any doctors. Not any medicines. Not Buddha. Not God…

Jesus and Buddha and some other saints and sages in the past were being criticized during their existence and even after their existence…

But that won’t change or affect who they were or what they did or what they had achieved…

Many people still benefit from their teachings whether a little or a lot…

Most important is to be happy in whatever we do…

And do it without any judgments or comparisons or expectations…

And do things that are wholesome and not harmful to ourselves and other beings…

Be happy…

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