The Farmers Parable


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No event, in and of itself, can truly be judged as good or bad, lucky or unlucky, fortunate or unfortunate, but that only time will tell the whole story. And furthermore, in tribute to the mysterious elegance of Being, no one really lives long enough to find out the ‘whole story,’ so it could be considered a great waste of time to judge minor inconveniences as misfortunes or to invest tons of energy into things that look outstanding on the surface, but may not pay off in the end.

So what to do?…Well, that’s the story of our lives’ now isn’t it.

It is said that the wiser thing, then, is to live life in moderation, keeping as even a temperament as possible, taking all things in stride, whether they originally appear to be ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ Life is much more comfortable and comforting if we merely accept what we’re given and make the best of our life circumstances. Rather than always having to pass judgment on things and declare them as good or bad, it would be better to just sit back and say, “It will be interesting to see what happens.”

However, as likely made apparent, I always seem to have something to add, to further enhance the exploration. I am not so keen on the word moderation, it seems to imply some sort of a restriction and in fact judgment (when ironically enough this parable is about not judging). My practice is not so much concerned with moderation, but to be present to whatever is arising, whether it is moderation or unbounded emotion. And when I am present to whatever is arising life is lived, not confined within the lines, but rather, when it crosses the lines life is met with the depths of awareness, love and curiosity. And then of course, I get to  say, “It will be interesting to see what happens.”