A Story


Jack reached over and punched the alarm off. Another day is about to unfold. More than likely it will be just like yesterday. Just like the day before and the day before that. Most of the time Jack simply goes through the motions and doesn’t give it much thought. Lately the ridiculousness and sameness has found him in deep thought. He sits on the edge of his bed and stares at the floor. He lets his mind chew on this problem.

What bubbles forth is two solutions to the problem. The first is to change his circumstances. Change his situation. It’s called a geographical solution. He could pack a bag and hit the road. Where? Anywhere at all. The road is never ending and there are enough twists and turns to keep him rolling for many many years. There are enough people in the world to keep him entertained and mentally on his toes for a long time. Of course the old adage comes to mind; You can’t run from yourself. Where ever you go, there you are. Yet, if he kept moving without becoming attached to any one place would it be possible to out run himself or at least keep pace and keep mental stagnation at bay? The solution is to keep the body moving, keep the mind engaged in an ever changing landscape so that his thinking does not get a foothold to drag him into the abyss.

The second solution is one he’s thought of many times through the years. It would require three simple actions. Three simple very attractive actions. It requires a drive, a walk and a leap of faith. All problems cease as does all life. Is the solution to life contained in the ending of it? In the jumping off? Possibly.

Jack picks up a tarot deck he’s used over the years when he needs to make a decision. It’s an Osho Zen Tarot deck. He shuffles the deck and picks one card at random.

Moment to moment

Moment To Moment

As this figure moves across the stones, he steps lightly and non-seriously, and at the same time absolutely balanced and alert. Behind the swirling, ever-changing waters we can see the shapes of buildings; there appears to be a city in the background. The man is in the marketplace but at the same time outside of it, maintaining his balance and able to watch it from above. ~ This card challenges us to move away from our preoccupations with other spaces and other times, and stay alert to what is happening in the here and now. Life is a great ocean in which you can play if you drop all your judgements, your preferences, and the attachment to the details of your long-term plans. Be available to what comes your way, as it comes. And don’t worry if you stumble or fall; just pick yourself up, dust yourself off, have a good laugh and carry on.



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